Pierluigi Di Palma was born in Grottaglie in 1956.
On the 1st July, 2021, he has been nominated President of the National Civil Aviation Authority
He graduated in Law from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. From 1984 to 1989, he has been
a State Attorney with an important experience as District Attorney at Catanzaro, Bologna and Rome.
State Lawyer since 1989, he was based in Florence and two years later he moved to the”Avvocatura
Generale dello Stato” in Rome.
From 1998 to 2003, he was Director General of ENAC. Then he served as legal advisor to the
Ministers of Transport and Navigation, the Environment, and Trade and Industry, as well as Head of
Cabinet of the Emilia-Romagna Region and Head of the Legislative Office of the Ministry of Trade
He has also been President of Interministerial Board for the Security of Air Transportation and
Airports (CISA), Head of the ENAC and ENAV Representative Office to Community and European
Institutions (EURICE), Deputy Secretary General of Defense and member of the Appeals Board of
ESA (European Space Agency).
In 2006, he founded the Study Center DE.ME.TRA. (Development of European Mediterranean
Transportation), with the aim of promoting educational, legal, administrative and economic initiatives
in the aerospace sector.