He was 64.
His passenger was a member of his extended family.
In an article for the local newspaper, his daughter called him "The Best Pilot".
This is why ferrying a helicopter East from California comes with a certain amount of stress.
This pilot apparently had 7500 hours in his logbook.......1200 of those were in the type aircraft mentioned in the report.
It's a puzzle why this would happen to an experienced pilot, flying an aircraft in which he should have been very comfortable.