Electronics engineer, Paolo flies gliders, single engine aircraft and helicopters. He developed the idea of DigiSky after having designed and engineered one of the first prototypes of glass cockpit for his light aircraft, a Pelican GS, which has been flying since 1996. Since 1998 he has been working in the field of industrial process automation to develop synoptic applications. He has conceived, designed and engineered several biomedical applications and he is specialized in the integration of diagnostical and therapeutical systems for hospital applications. In 2004 he is the founder and CEO of a lead engineering company in the hospital sector. In 2008 is Project Manager of the ``SkySpark`` aircraft.
Graduated in Aerospace Engineering from Houston university. He brings into DigiSky more than 4500 hours of flight experience, mostly in flight testing high performance aircraft, on more than 50 different types of aircraft and approximately 360 hours of space flight. He joined the Italian Air Force in 1978 and after pilot training in the USA he became an operational pilot on F-104G while stationed at 3rd Wing near Verona. In 1987 he was transferred to the Italian Air Force flight test centre and in 1988 he became a test pilot after graduating from the Empire Test Pilot’s School, Boscombe Down (UK) as first of his class. In 1992 he was selected by the European Space Agency and sent to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre where in 1993 he became an astronaut. In 1996 he flew as STS-75 Mission Specialist aboard the Space Shuttle. The same year he joined Alenia Aeronautica and in 1998 he became Chief Test Pilot and worked in the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon
Always srl is holding company focused on the innovative high-tech business market In 2014 Always participated in DigiSky equity with a minority stake to support the company strategic development plan, contributing to the business planning and the financial support of the operation.
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