I was born in 1938, in Gallarate, while my father, then a young captain pilot in the Regia Aeronautica, commanded a squadron of Fiat BR20 bombers at Lonate Pozzolo airfield.
So I am, in a sense, a "son of art": The passion for flying has always been a characteristic in my family. Even my father's brother was a military pilot, and my grandfather was a doctor, of course in aeronautics.
So, it was inevitable then that I would graduate in aeronautical engineering at the Politecnico di Torino.
As a partner and Advisor of "gliding Centre of Politecnico di Torino", I had the opportunity to collaborate with the Morelli brothers in the design, construction and certification of the experimental prototype gliders "Dart", "M200" and "M300", in which I have also carried out test flights.
I have worked at famous aeronautical companies (Agusta, Siai Marchetti, AerMacchi, Aerix).
I was Chairman (from 1984 to 2003) of the Club Aviazione Popolare, and the Italian Association of Amateur aircraft Constructors.
I am the builder and the first VariEze, built in Italy, marked I-PINA. (That is the name of my extremely patient wife.)
In 2004, I was awarded the FAI Paul Tissandier Diploma "for Service to Aeronautics and Airsports".
I am owner of a GPL (since 1958), a PPL (since 1960) and a ULM (since 1996).
I have been, for 25 years, a gliding instructor and for 7 years pleasure flight instructor.
I have 2400 flying hours.
I live in Bergamo and currently I fly a splendid Fournier RF5, D-KCID, 1972.