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For the school in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, see Pilot School.

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The Flight School is a pilot school in Grand Theft Auto V, located on Exceptionalists Way at the Los Santos International Airport in Los Santos, San Andreas. It is unlocked after the mission Friends Reunited.

Only Michael and Franklin need to take lessons to increase their flying skills, unlike Trevor who is already an expert pilot. Trevor will tell Michael to attend the school if his flying skill is not high enough, if the player chooses the Offshore method after the mission Scouting the Port. Note that Michael is NOT required to go to Flight School in order to initiate the heist, however the training is useful.[1]

Like in the Pilot School of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the player will learn to fly airplanes, helicopters, and to perform skydiving. There are 12 lessons in total and for each one the player will be awarded with a different medal (gold, silver, or bronze), depending on the time it takes to complete the lesson. Mission failure will occur if the player crashes the aircraft, strays too far away from the course and enters an out-of-bounds area, or takes too long to complete the mission. Unlike missions, these exercises do not have checkpoints or the skip option (after failing 3 times).

The flight instructor is called Jackson.

Lessons

The twelve lessons to pass are:

Lesson Description Gold Silver Bronze
Training Take Off Take off and pass through two checkpoints. 00:32 00:50 01:00
Runway Landing Land safely on the runway. 00:35 00:55 01:10
Inverted Flight Perform barrel rolls and fly upside down. 01:40 02:00 02:20
Knife Flight Fly sideways and maintain altitude with the rudder. 00:54 01:15 01:40
Flat Hatting Fly a checkpoint course through the Port of Los Santos and the LSIA maintaining a low altitude. 02:15 02:35 03:00
Touch Down Land a plane on a bridge in Lago Zancudo as close as the final checkpoint as possible. 10 ft 45 ft Finish
Loop the Loop Perform an inside loop. 01:35 01:40 02:05
Helicopter Course

Fly through checkpoints in a helicopter through Los Santos.

02:40 03:15 03:45
Helicopter Speed Run Fly through checkpoints in a helicopter through the Palomino Highlands and Los Santos as fast as possible. 02:10 03:00 03:30
Skydiving Skydive and land on a stationary target. 3 ft 10 ft 20 ft
Drop Zone Skydive and land on a moving target. 0 ft 7 ft 20 ft
Earn Your Wings Course through the city performing stunts learned in the previous lessons. Green checkpoints are for knife flights and blue checkpoints for inverted flights. 02:50 03:15 03:40

Video

GTA 5 - Flight School (Gold Medals)26:21

GTA 5 - Flight School (Gold Medals)

Trivia

  • The school was established in 2004, the same year Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released.
  • Although Trevor is an experienced pilot from his military past, he can still go to the school and finish the exercises to reach 100% flying skill faster. Despite his experience, Jackson will still call him a beginner during the lessons.
  • Dom Beasley appears in the video introduction of the Skydiving and Drop Zone lessons.
  • From what was stated in The Business Update post on the Rockstar Newswire, more missions will be added in for Flight School in future updates. 

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