Hug the ones you love
This is very sad news. Dean had many strings to his bow and was the catalyst for me building my RV9A.
I flew with Dean in the Solomon Islands and quickly learned of his skill and judgment as an IFR amd NVG rated EMS helicopter pilot. He was also a qualified paramedic and an experienced helicopter winch operator and crewman.
The loss to his family and to the New Zealand EMS community is enormous. His warmth, friendship and professionalism will be missed by many as will the tears that will be shed.
Rest in peace Dean.
RV 9A QB