After stealing the Cargobob, an enemy chopper (Buzzard) will chase the player and attack him using rockets. A good method to get rid of it is to exit the Cargobob right after entering it, then use Trevor's special ability of invincibility and shoot down the chopper with a Grenade Launcher or an RPG. However, you have to realize that even if Trevor is practically invincible while on rage mode, the rockets will still keep flying him away and practically he won't be able to stand up once he gets hit and until the ragemeter is depleted.
To avoid this situation, it's safer to fly the Cargobob right outside the base and then hit the chopper with your own RPG or shooting the pilot. This way is a lot safer than doing it inside the base where the soldiers will swarm you and the chopper shoots missiles more often.
The fastest, easiest and safest way to avoid the Buzzard, is to run over its pilot with your car when you enter the base.
An easier and faster way to reach the cargobob is by using a helicopter. The helicopter obtained in Three's Company is recommended. This way the player will avoid a slower drive and damage from soldiers they can sustain traveling by land which can sometimes waste the player if they are not careful.
One Buzzard Attack Chopper will follow the Cargobob if it is not destroyed, unless the player destroys the Buzzard that spawns near the last hangar. To identify it, the player must aboard the Cargobob and all red dots disappear (but not the real enemies), except one that later becomes a big red dot. Technically, it is the pilot aboard the Buzzard.
Heat-seeking SAM will not attack the player if a sky route is chosen to enter the base.
Fort Zancudo will be significantly easier to infiltrate in this mission as the soldiers do not drive the Rhino and less soldiers are found near the base. In a way this mission could be used as an chance to explore the base when most enemies are cleared out. This was made obviously for gameplay balance, as in normal gameplay, it would be nearly impossible to get out by air in a large helicopter.
During this mission, the Cargobob can be obtained and saved on Trevor's helipad. The player has to land it on Sandy Shores Airfield's helipad instead of the yellow marker. Then exit the helicopter and run away. This will cause the mission to fail, which is when the player should refuse to retry. The player, as Trevor, will now be spawned near to one of the entrances to Fort Zancudo and after returning to the airfield, the Cargobob will be still saved on the helipad.
This will be in a TPE livery, the same goes for completing the mission before the Merryweather Heist is completed because it stays there.
During the mission, the soldiers will not respawn.
Unlike the normal gameplay, where only an alarm is present when invading the base, in this mission the same alarm is present, but similarly to Area 69 during Black Project, there will be an unique loudspeaker telling the soldiers to defend the base.
Interesting enough, in the online mission Base Invaders, the players are tasked with stealing a Cargobob and to deliver it to Trevor. It is unknown why Trevor didn't use the Cargobob that the online player stole for him in the heist.
After the mission, there will be a Sandking XL parked close to the hangar for the player to take, even though it does not serve as a special reward.