Sunday, December 13, 2020

SilverLight American Ranger AR-1, N11TG: Fatal accident occurred December 12, 2020 in San Mateo, Putnam County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Wings Aloft LLC

Location: San Mateo, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA071
Date & Time: December 12, 2020, 15:25 Local
Registration: N11TG
Aircraft: Anthony Mattioli AR-1
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 12, 2020, about 1525 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built American Ranger-1 gyroplane, N11TG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near San Mateo, Florida. The private pilot was fatally injured. The gyroplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ADS-B data, the gyroplane departed Deland Municipal Airport – Sidney H. Taylor Field (DED), Deland, Florida, about 1350. 

The pilot performed two circuits in the traffic pattern before departing the traffic pattern around 1400. After departing the area, the pilot maneuvered north of the DED for the remainder of the flight and the gyroplane remained below 1,200 ft mean sea level (msl). 

At 1523:23, the ADS-B data ended about 1 nautical mile south of the accident site. For the final two minutes of the data, the gyroplane flew between 950 ft msl and 725 ft msl. In addition, the groundspeed of the gyroplane increased from 58 knots to 76 knots for the last two minutes of data.

According to the kit manufacturer, the gyroplane’s “general cruise” speed was 47 to 86 knots (55 to 100 mph).

Concerned family members contacted the FAA and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued about 2130 for the missing gyroplane. It was located the following morning, around 0855 in a heavily wooded state forest.

A review of photographs taken by first responders revealed that the gyroplane came to rest in a densely wooded area on the left side of the fuselage. The empennage remained attached to the fuselage. First responders reported that there was no odor of fuel at the accident site, and during recovery, they noted the fuel tank remained intact and contained an undetermined amount of fuel. There was no evidence of fire at the accident site.

The gyroplane was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Anthony Mattioli 
Registration: N11TG
Model/Series: AR-1
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FIN,33 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:  
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4400 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Deland, FL (DED)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 29.589292,-81.569887 

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Anthony (Tony) Mattioli

Anthony (Tony) Mattioli, 62, passed away Saturday, December 12th, 2020 doing what he loved most, flying his gyroplane.

He is the son of May and Guy Mattioli of Lake Mary, Florida.

Tony is survived by his parents, May and Guy Mattioli; wife Gina Hawkins Mattioli; and brother Fernando Mattioli, as well as sister-in-law Yvonne Asmer and husband Pete; sister-in-law Suzette Scaturo; and brother-in-law Tom Hawkins and wife Ann.

Tony loved being a son, brother, husband and most of all uncle. He is Uncle Tony to Christopher Mattioli, Mia and Tara Asmer, Leah Pool and son August, Ali Myers and husband Don, and their children Aubrey, Alex, and Ashton.

He was the Chief Information Officer for Assured Partners, Inc. In addition to graduating from the University of Connecticut, Tony recently earned a Masters Degree from the New York University School of Law.

He had a passion for aviation. He was a pilot and an active member of this community. He also enjoyed woodworking, cooking, reading, and spending time with family.

We would like to thank the aviation community for their assistance when needed most. In addition, we would like to thank the Putnam, Palatka, Volusia, and Flagler police departments, as well as Florida Highway Patrol. We would like to especially thank Deputy Denham of the Putnam police department for his kindness and support to our family.

Tony’s life will be celebrated privately by his family.

The family of Anthony "Tony" Mattioli invites you to leave a message of condolence on the Tribute Wall created in his memory.

SAN MATEO, Florida — UPDATED 12:45 P.M.:

Florida Highway Patrol released that the pilot who was found dead on scene was a 62-year-old male from Lake Mary, Florida.

He was the only occupant in the aircraft.

The gyrocopter crashed into a wooded area on the southwest side of State Road 100, north of Pine Crest Circle.

Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened sometime Saturday night, possibly early evening, but do not believe it was late into the nighttime hours.

The troopers located the pilot and aircraft by pulling the radar coordinates from when the aircraft dropped off radar.

What led up to the crash is still under investigation, and investigators are looking to see if fog was a factor.

The scene was not easily accessible, and there are multiple agencies assisting FHP to pull the aircraft out from the wooded area.


A pilot has died in an overnight aircraft crash in Putnam County, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers found the single engine gyrocopter this morning, along with the pilot.

1 comment:

  1. Anthony Mattioli understood gyroplanes and was a qualified gyroplane pilot.
    Sunset in Putnam County, Florida is at 5:29 PM and the gyroplane radar contact was lost at 3:23 PM Saturday.


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