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"A two-bladed, twin-engine helicopter, the Maverick was manufactured in Canada, but you shouldn't let that put you off. Originally designed for military use, when the army rejected them for looking too 'French', they became hugely popular with rich social climbers for exactly the same reason. Used by law enforcement for surveillance operations, you'll often see them hovering above inner city African American neighborhoods. Billion candlepower spotlight and loudspeaker optional, but trust us, it's fun to play with over poor neighborhoods at night."
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The Maverick is a civilian helicopter featured in every game after Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It is manufactured by Western Company and Buckingham in the HD Universe.

Design

The Maverick is one of the longest-recurring helicopters in the GTA series, appearing in all games since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, with the exceptions being Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It has also shared the same general design throughout the series.

The Maverick is generally based on a basic real-life helicopter, more specifically a Bell 206.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

"Executive helicopter for high rollers, big spenders, and tourists."
— GTA Vice City Website.

In GTA Vice City, the Maverick is a fully accessible vehicle, available in quite a few places, and it is the only helicopter that is available in a variety of colors. There is also another smaller two-passenger version dubbed VCN Maverick that is used by the Vice City News.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, the Maverick is essentially the same helicopter, but with slightly altered handling, a different graphics and a new sound. As in GTA Vice City, there is also a news helicopter version of the Maverick, the News Chopper,

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

The Maverick in GTA Liberty City Stories is not intended to be obtained by the player. However, it can be obtained by the player during the missions Calm Before the Storm given by Joseph Daniel O'Toole[1] and False Idols given by Ned Burner[2]. It's unusually fast and can reach high speeds in a matter of three seconds, which is not possible in other games (since it's somewhat scripted to be faster). Moving the camera moves the helicopter (because the right analog stick was to alternatively control a helicopter in Vice City.) The blades are used of that of an AI-controlled Police Maverick, and the blades renders transparency incorrectly when they are viewed through the blades (i.e. trees.)

Grand Theft Auto IV

In GTA IV the Maverick has been changed slightly, including new crash animations, four rotor blades, blinking lights, new sound and improved design, although it still remains similar to the previous renditions of the Maverick and shows similar flight abilities.

The Maverick is still based on the Bell 206 L Longranger, but features four blades on its main rotor, similar to the Bell 407. In-game, it retains the body design of previous Mavericks.

In addition to the aforementioned difference in rotor design (a two-blade rotor replaced by a four-blade variety), pre-release materials also depict earlier forms of the Maverick as having shut rear doors, as opposed to slid open doors in the final version.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Maverick returns in Grand Theft Auto V, looking similar to its previous versions. It is now manufactured by Buckingham (suggesting that sometime between 2008 and 2013 Buckingham bought out the Western Company or the manufacturing rights to the Maverick and Police Maverick). The Maverick that appears has its design based on that of the Bell 206L Longranger. Compared to its previous rendition it features a smoother fuselage design and also more modern skids. Similar to older designs, it features a two rotor blades. The helicopter is now fitted with a camera as well like the Police Maverick which is usable by the passenger. Like the actual Police Maverick, it features 2 mounted winches, unusable by the player in Grand Theft Auto V, however usable - to an extent - in Grand Theft Auto Online.

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Performance

In most GTA games, the Maverick is offered as the first controllable helicopter and usually early in the game's story, probably because its balanced performance makes it relatively easy to maneuver than other helicopters.

Overall, the Maverick is a good choice of transport, but is unsuitable for combat purposes, since it lacks armor, as well as an own set of weaponry.

3D Universe

In the 3D Universe, the Maverick is a short, nimble, basic helicopter. It has a high top speed, forward thrust is acceptable, and its manoeuvrability it on par with most competitors. Durability is rather slack due to its thin bodywork and overall 'light' design, making it unsuitable for long-time air pursuits or for purposeful crashing, as it can only take several crashes, and a small amount of bullets before it begins to smoke and break down.

Grand Theft Auto IV

A major improvement in GTA IV, the Maverick returns as a slightly bigger, more durable, and experimental vehicle. The Maverick is now even faster and more manoeuvrable, largely due to the changes to the general handling of both land an air vehicles to GTA IV.

Durability is acceptable for its purpose, and thanks to its bodywork, can still take numerous beatings before it falls out of the sky.

Stability is rather disappointing. Even despite the 4-blade design, the helicopter has limited stability and cornering can be very unresponsive, and landing can be more trouble after slowing down or performing a quick turn or manoeuvre.

GTA IV Overview

Source Take-Off Speed
(0 - 60 knots)
Top Speed
(knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. game data definitions)

n/a n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded on Airspeed Indicator)

n/a n/a

Single engine, 4-bladed rotor

Middle/Rear

Mass cannot be observed.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Maverick returns to GTA V with a major upgrade in its handling. Its top speed and take-off capabilities are still the same, however it is now more rigid and can manoeuvre with ease, all despite its downgraded 2-blade system. It is also much more durable than the previous renditions; albeit with the exception of high-speed impacts resulting in an instant explosion, a property found on all aircraft in the game.

GTA V Overview

Source Take-Off Speed
(0 - 60 knots)
Top Speed
(knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. game data definitions)

n/a n/a

Twin engine, 2-bladed rotor (Website)

n/a

n/a

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded on Airspeed Indicator)

n/a n/a

Single engine, 2-bladed rotor

Middle/Rear

Mass cannot be observed.

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Police Maverick

Main article: Police Maverick

Mavericks adopted for use by the police. With the exception in Grand Theft Auto V, all Police Mavericks are based on the civilian version.

VCN Maverick/News Chopper

Main article: VCN Maverick
Main article: News Chopper

Mavericks modified into news helicopters.

Helitours Maverick

Main article: Helitours Maverick

Mavericks used by Higgins Helitours for heli tour activities. Available in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

Coastguard Maverick

Main article: Coastguard Maverick

A cut Maverick in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories intended as a variant used by the Coastguard.

Special Variants

  • An all-black Maverick appears in Interdiction used by the CIA, with four gunners on the sides.
  • A black Maverick appears in Caught in the Act. Even modifying the Maverick with Black Cars cheat will not make it jet black as this one.
  • A unique baby blue Maverick appears in Unknowing the Truth. To obtain it, the player have to betray the group and finishing the mission without leaving the helicopter too far away.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • During "Calm Before the Storm", an indestructible Maverick is used as Massimo Torini's mode of transport, sporting a uniquely jet black color with two white stripes. The helicopter can be obtained in the PSP version and some PS2 unpatched versions as the helicopter makes a stopover at Chinatown. Entering the Helicopter will cause the mission to fail after a few minutes in the air, the Helicopter to disappear, and Toni appearing Wasted in the floor of the city.
  • During "The Passion of the Heist", when a fireproof Maverick is flown by a gang that stole diamonds. The helicopter can be obtained.
  • During "Sayonara Sindaccos", there's a dark Sindacco Maverick nearly at the end of the mission, which is shot down by Toni.
  • During "Caught in the Act", which features a fireproof "Secret Service", pure black Maverick.
  • During "False Idols", when a Maverick is used to transport actress Faith W. to the Liberty City Free Radio station. The helicopter is obtainable on some versions of the game, since newer versions have been patched preventing the player from obtaining the Maverick.
  • During "Cash in Kazuki's Chips", which features a bullet/explosion-proof Maverick belonging to Kazuki Kasen. The helicopter is obtainable
  • During "The Sicilian Gambit", when a Maverick is used by Massimo to launch an assault on the player at the Portland Rock lighthouse is required to be shot down. The helicopter is vulnerable to damage and can´t be obtained.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Notable Owners

3D Universe

HD Universe

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

How to get a Helicopter in Liberty City Stories07:25

How to get a Helicopter in Liberty City Stories

With this video, you won't fail to get a Maverick in LCS

  • Cannot be obtained via normal gaming.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Can be purchased from Elitás Travel for $1,100,000. Spawns in black and white colors.
  • Green variants are used by most pilots in parachuting locations marked around the map, like the one in La Puerta. Tapping the enter button near it will make the character enter the back and go for the parachute jump, but holding the button will make the character hijack the helicopter.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

General

  • The Maverick plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Maverick's name may be a reference to the 1986 film Top Gun, as Maverick is the callsign of the main character, and the whole film is about flying.
  • In some GTA Games, the Maverick appears to have 5 seats, but only seats 4 players.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • In GTA: Vice City, if the player scrapes the Maverick's landing gear on any surface, they'll see tire marks. The same "Bug" can also be seen in Liberty City Stories since both games have been built on the same engine.
  • The Maveick shown in the opening cutscene of GTA: Vice City is an animated object and can only be flown with the use of mods.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In GTA San Andreas, the helicopter's blades do not show frames when they're rotating.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • It's possible to save a Maverick in GTA LCS, but the only garage big enough to save it in is the Staunton Island Safehouse.
  • In GTA LCS and GTA VCS, the Maverick assumes a slightly different appearance. The police variants, however, share a different design.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • In GTA: Vice City Stories, the doors of the Maverick can't be closed if Victor comes out. However, when Victor comes out of the Maverick while in midair, the doors will remain closed.
  • The GTA VCS rendition emits door opening/closing noises similar to the Police Maverick, while other renditions has "heavy" door noises similar to large trucks like the Barracks OL, Linerunner, and the Flatbed.
  • The Maverick is the last vehicle seen in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories hence making it the last vehicle non-chronologically shown in the 3D Universe.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Pre-release material, such as television footage, suggests GTA IV's Maverick was originally intended to retain its two blade rotor, along with a basic opening rear doors.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, despite having its rear doors open, the player will always wreck the window rather than a safer way by going through the back door. The same thing happens when getting into the Annihilator, or any other door-locked helicopter.
  • While taking a ride in Brucie's helicopter there is a very small sticker on the helicopter's instrument panel that reads "This helicopter might crash. But we don't really care if it does. Refer to flight manual for help." The helicopter of Helitour doesn't have this message.
  • In GTA IV, the seats are available, but rear passengers sit on the footboards. Perhaps in the Beta, the rear doors were closed, so the passengers must sit in these seats.
  • Unlike the 3D Universe counterpart, the Maverick only appears with its side doors open.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, there’s an unusual occurrence, possibly a glitch, with the helicopter which may be occasionally found on the helipad over the West River in Algonquin near Purgatory and Westminster - the same helipad used for Yusuf Amir's Swift and the golden Buzzard in The Ballad of Gay Tony. If the player climbs the ladder-tower, located left of the roadway-entrance to the helipad (behind and amongst the tractor-trailer containers), the player can see the helicopter on the helipad from the top of the tower. When the player slides or climbs down the ladder, however, the helicopter will occasionally vanish.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The change of manufacturer between GTA IV and GTA V could be explained by Buckingham buying the branding and manufacturing rights for the Maverick from Western Company.
    • It can also be explained by Buckingham producing the helicopter under-license from Western Company, reflecting the manufacture of the Bell 206 in Canada and Italy under license from Bell.
    • It is also possible that the change was an oversight.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • If the player calls Merryweather to pick the player up, they have the ability to use the winch to rappel off the helicopter if the player puts the GPS waypoint on top of certain highrise buildings like the FIB Headquarters or simple apartment buildings, or onto some ground-level areas (mainly beaches).
  • Oddly, the Elitás Travel webpage depicts the Maverick as being a twin-engine helicopter, but in real-life, most Bell 206 variants were strictly single-engined, with some twin-engine models built during the mid-to-late 1990's, with only 13 of them being built.
  • The Elitas Travel webpage refers to the Maverick as being built in Canada and as being "too French" for the United States Armed Forces. This is a reference to the fact that the Bell JetRanger, the helicopter on which the Maverick is based, is manufactured at Bell Helicopter's Quebec Plant.

See Also

References

  1. Tutorial: Stealing the Helicopter in "Calm Before the Storm" on YouTube by GTAmissions
  2. Tutorial: Stealing the Helicopter in "False Idols" on YouTube by GTAmissions

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