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For the school in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, see Pilot School.
"To learn highly technical aerial maneuvers - or just how to land without killing yourself in a ball of fire - visit the Flight School at Los Santos International Airport"
— GTA V Digital Manual

The Flight School is an activity in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Overview

Located on Exceptionalists Way at the Los Santos International Airport in Los Santos, San Andreas. In Story Mode, it becomes available after the mission Friends Reunited. In Online, it becomes available after the player downloads The San Andreas Flight School Update and is at least rank 6.

Description

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 the Pilot School in 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 how well the player completes 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 lesson. Unlike missions, these exercises do not have checkpoints or the skip option (after failing 3 times).

In GTA Online, the flight school consists of 10 solo lessons that include combat maneuvering, low-flying challenges, formation flying, and more. The player will unlock the Elitas T-shirt after completing all 10 lessons with at least a bronze medal, and will earn $18,600 if each lesson is completed with a gold medal. If the player's first completion of each of the 10 lessons earns a gold medal, they will receive a combined maximum total of 13,950 RP and $232,500, making Flight School one of the most potentially lucrative activities available online.

The flight instructor in GTA V is Jackson, while the flight instructor in GTA Online is JT Boyd.

Lessons

GTA V

The twelve lessons to pass are:

Lesson Image Description Given Vehicle Flight School Gold GTA V Flight School Silver GTA V Flight School Bronze GTA V
Training Take Off
GTA V Flight School Takeoff
Take off and pass through two checkpoints. Cuban 800 00:32 00:50 01:00
Runway Landing
GTA V Flight School Runway landing
Land safely on the runway. Cuban 800 00:35 00:55 01:10
Inverted Flight
GTA V Flight School Invert
Perform barrel rolls and fly upside down. Mallard 01:40 02:00 02:20
Knife Flight
GTA V Flight School Knife flight
Fly sideways and maintain altitude with the rudder. Mallard 00:54 01:15 01:40
Flat Hatting
GTA V Flight School Low altitude
Fly a checkpoint course through the Port of Los Santos and the LSIA maintaining a low altitude. Mallard 02:15 02:35 03:00
Touch Down
GTA V Flight School Land
Land a plane on a bridge in Lago Zancudo as close as the final checkpoint as possible. Mallard 10 ft 45 ft Finish
Loop the Loop
GTA V Flight School Loop
Perform an inside loop. Mallard 01:35 01:40 02:05
Helicopter Course
GTA V Flight School Heli race
Fly through checkpoints in a helicopter through Los Santos. Frogger 02:40 03:15 03:45
Helicopter Speed Run
GTA V Flight School Heli speed
Fly through checkpoints in a helicopter through the Palomino Highlands and Los Santos as fast as possible. Frogger 02:10 03:00 03:30
Skydiving
GTA V Flight School Skydive
Skydive and land on a stationary target. n/a 3 ft 10 ft 20 ft
Drop Zone
GTA V Flight School Skydive moving
Skydive and land on a moving target. n/a 0 ft 7 ft 20 ft
Earn Your Wings
GTA V Flight School Obstacle course
Course through the city performing stunts learned in the previous lessons. Green checkpoints are for knife flights and blue checkpoints for inverted flights. Mallard 02:50 03:15 03:40

GTA Online

The ten lessons to pass are:

Lesson Image Description Given Vehicle Flight School Gold GTA V Flight School Silver GTA V Flight School Bronze GTA V
Outside Loop
GTAO Flight School Outside loop
Perform an outside loop. P-996 Lazer 00:58 01:20 02:00
Engine Failure
GTAO Flight School Engine failure
Land the Miljet with an engine failure. Miljet 10m 30m Finish
Chase Parachute
GTAO Flight School Chase parachute
Catch a parachute in midair and land safely. n/a 2m 4.50m 7m
City Landing
GTAO Flight School City landing
Land a plane in bad weather conditions. Titan 10m 30m Finish
Moving Landing
GTAO Flight School Flatbed landing
Land a Swift on a flatbed trailer before it drives into the tunnel. Swift 00:19 00:25 01:00
Formation Flight
GTAO Flight School Lazer formation
Fly in formation. Besra 600 450 300
Shooting Range
GTAO Flight School Buzzard shooting range
Destroy targets using a Buzzard. Buzzard Attack Chopper 25 15 10
Ground Level
GTAO Flight School Lazer fly low
Fly through checkpoints, keeping as close to the ground as possible. Besra 1m 3m 10m
Collect Flags
GTAO Flight School Collect flags
Fly through 30 checkpoints in any order. Besra 02:40 03:00 Finish
Follow Leader
GTAO Flight School Follow the leader
Follow your instructor. P-996 Lazer 02:25 02:40 Finish

Cut

Lesson Image Description Given Vehicle
Formation Flight
GTA V Flight School Formation
Cut Flight School lesson from Grand Theft Auto V. It apparently involved flying in formation with AI-controlled Mallards, just like the lesson of the same name later introduced in Grand Theft Auto Online. Mallard
Escort Cargo
GTAO Flight School Escort cargo
Cut Flight School lesson from Grand Theft Auto Online. It apparently involved escorting a Titan to a designated area, likely protecting it from enemy-controlled planes/helicopters along the way. P-996 Lazer

Gallery

Videos

Soundtrack

Trivia

  • The flight school's logo is a pun on the phrase "on a wing and a prayer", being an image of two hands clasped as if for prayer backed by a pair of wings.
  • 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.
  • The flight instructor in GTA Online seems to be quite rude and likes to trash talk his students, which may be a slight reference to the drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket.
  • In Shooting Range, the instructor claims that the Buzzard is equiped with air-to-ground missiles, which contradicts its actual performance, as the Buzzard can attack both ground and aerial targets.
  • In Moving Landing image, the Swift is supposed to land onto a Flatbed, but in-game, it was replaced by a truck and a Super flatbed trailer, obviously because is too small for a Swift.
    • However, it is suitable for the unarmed Buzzard, the former helicopter, which appears in the same lesson in The San Andreas Flight School Update trailer, although still using the truck and the trailer, which indicates an early change during the DLC development.

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