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    John Oakes

    It is with great sadness I heard last night of the passing of John Oakes, founder of central south island helicopters.
    Johnny was a great pilot and all round top bloke, took my first ride in a chopper with him laying poison for possums on the waitaki river islands when I worked for target pest during the school holidays as a young fella, this started a fascination and passion for flying in the mighty H500 for me that lasts untill this day.
    John was also a great friend to my dad and he spent many hours hanging out the passenger side with the doors off flying with John.
    John was a well known face to farmers and hunters alike and will be sorely missed, condolences to his family and all that knew him. Fly high John.

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    Thanks for that post Ryan. Yes, sad news indeed.

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    Yes, very sad.,
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    Very sad to hear, we were on the same commercial theory course in 86, he had some good stories on his shooing days, good bloke who will be missed. RIP
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