I'm a 1973's class guy; I am from Italy, born and raised here, mostly in the area where i do live now with my family: Lucca
After high school i enrolled in Italian Air Force as a cadet pilot and earned my Pilot Wings ("towered eagle") in 1997 flying MB.339 jet; i was then assigned to the Wing i still belong to, in Pisa: 46Th Air Brigade, military transport, at the glorious 98th Sqn;
Since then i collected several flying hours on G.222 and C-27J, reaching the privilege to be aircraft commander on both and Tactical and Techniques Instructor Pilot aboard C-27j. I am also qualified as a Tac-IP for European Airlift Transport Command (EATC) courses.
Aside the flight activity i am a Flight Safety Officer and qualified as CRM/TRM Instructor.
I've visited many Countries during my career, some of them unforgettable for different reasons, meeting interesting people, great friends and unbelievable situations.
I love my family (my wife and our daughter, and our cat), and my long term hobby: radio; i was a small kid when i was given as a present a CB radio, and after several years, i attended the Ministerial Test to pass my Amateur Radio Licence. I'm nowadays IK5ZVE, as you probably know me, since 1995.
I love sailing, flying sailplanes, taking pictures and road tripping with my beloved family.