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

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A Flight School building

The Flight School is an activity in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, located on Exceptionalists Way at the Los Santos International Airport in Los Santos, San Andreas. In single-player, 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 7.

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 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).

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 an Elitás Travel t-shirt after completing all 10 lessons with at least a bronze medal, and will earn more than $200,000 if every lesson is completed with a gold medal.

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

Lessons

GTA V

The twelve lessons to pass are:

Lesson Description Given Vehicle Gold Silver Bronze
Training Take Off Take off and pass through two checkpoints. Cuban 800 00:32 00:50 01:00
Runway Landing Land safely on the runway. Cuban 800 00:35 00:55 01:10
Inverted Flight Perform barrel rolls and fly upside down. Mallard 01:40 02:00 02:20
Knife Flight Fly sideways and maintain altitude with the rudder. Mallard 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. Mallard 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. Mallard 10 ft 45 ft Finish
Loop the Loop Perform an inside loop. Mallard 01:35 01:40 02:05
Helicopter Course Fly through checkpoints in a helicopter through Los Santos. Frogger 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. Frogger 02:10 03:00 03:30
Skydiving Skydive and land on a stationary target. n/a 3 ft 10 ft 20 ft
Drop Zone Skydive and land on a moving target. n/a 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. Mallard 02:50 03:15 03:40

GTA Online

The ten lessons to pass are:

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

There also originally was a challenge called "Escort Cargo". It is unknown what the player had to do in it, but the flight school menu image suggests that the player used a P-996 LAZER to help a Titan land.

Videos

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.

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