Maurizio Cheli was born in Modena, Italy, on May 4, 1959. In 1978 he entered the Accademia Aeronautica in Pozzuoli (Italian Air Force Academy), where he got a degree in Aeronautical Sciences. In 1983 he was assigned to the well-known F-104G as an operating reconnaissance pilot, and in 1988 he graduated first at the Empire Test Pilot’s School course in Boscombe Down, United Kingdom, hence becoming a test and experimental pilot of high performance aircrafts.
In 1996 he took part in the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-75 Tethered Satellite mission, in which he was assigned the role of Mission Specialist. In the same year, Alenia Aeronautica hired him and he was assigned as Chief Test Pilot for defence aircraft. He was also the head of the operational development of the European fighter Eurofighter Typhoon.
In 2005 he established CFM Air, a start-up focused on the design of advanced light aircrafts, and in 2006 he founded DigiSky, a company specialized in the development of on-board electronics for sports aircrafts.
Maurizio Cheli earned a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1994 from the University of Houston, US, a Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Turin, Italy, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from ESCP Europe in Paris in 2007.
Tutto in un istante (Everything in a moment) is the title of his first book.