How to Fly a Helicopter in GTA Vice City & San Andreas, PC

A short guide on how to fly a helicopter in Grand Theft Auto Vice City and San Andreas on PC.

This guide will tell you how to fly a helicopter in Grand Theft Auto Vice City and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. There may be a lot of ways that may work better for you, but I find this way easier. I will be referring to key names in the guide, so I will tell you what I have assigned for each key.

  • W = Rise
  • S = Lower
  • A = Barrel roll left
  • D = Barrel roll right
  • Q = Turn left
  • E = Turn Right
  • NUM9 = Lean Forward
  • NUM6 = Lean Backward
  • NUM0 = Fire primary
  • Left CTRL = Fire secondary

First find a helicopter. Anyone will do. Press W to rise. Once in the air, hold down NUM9 to lean the helicopter forward. The helicopter will start to go low, so make sure you are high enough. Hold for around 4 seconds. When you let go, the helicopter should straighten up, and go straight faster. Keep on tapping NUM9 to keep it going. Remember to stop tapping when it goes too low, or you will crash.

When you are flying too low and about to crash into a building or wall, hit NUM6. It will cause the helicopter to lean backwards, stopping it from going forward. Holding it too long will cause the helicopter to start going backwards and eventually flip. Just hold down NUM6 until you see the helicopter stop, and gain altitude again to start flying.

Turning shouldn’t be used much when flying the helicopter, unless you need to change direction while hovering. To make turns in the air, press A or D. The helicopter will tilt in that direction. Keep in mind, when you are turning, the helicopter goes down slowly, even if you are holding W. A tip would be to tap NUM6 while turning, it causes the nose of the helicopter to go up, therefore causing the helicopter to rise a little.

Shooting in a helicopter isn’t really necessary, and can’t be done unless your helicopter has a gun. The Sea Sparrow or Hunter are helicopters with weapons. When flying the Sea Sparrow or Hunter, hold left CTRL to shoot. There is unlimited ammo. When in the hunter, there are missiles. Press NUM0 to shoot them.

Landing isn’t very hard. Just press S. If you find yourself crashing, try to stop the helicopter before descending. If you think you are stationary, you may not be, and might be moving forward while landing, you could hit buildings or other obstacles.

Happy Flying.

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  1. Coolyxxx
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    You there are usually helicopters at the top of some police stations. For some others, you will need to complete a certain percentage of the game. If you don’t want to complete it yourself, you might be able to find a 100% save game on the internet.

  2. Shreyas Vinod
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I will tell you how to find the police maverick even in the starting of the game! See, First turn on the cheat SEAWAYS. Which allows cars to hover on water. Then go to Downtown where the Police Department is located. Go to the back side of the building and go up the stairs to the rooftop. The helicopter would be there 100% sure. Sit in the helicopter, fly back to ocean view and land it at a safe place and save the game.

  3. Parkerboy
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    aww man….i have a laptop which hasnt got those num keys….dam

  4. Posted August 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Man,I tried using num 9 and 6,but they just don’t work!Please help!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. arpit
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

    you know that there is a helicopter in the downtown when you take the police maverick just go little side and you will get a vcn helicopter and land it in your safe house

  6. Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:56 am

    hi shreyas vinod ;

    You are 95% right.because i got police helicopter but how to fire on police helicopter.

    thank you

  7. jatin
    Posted November 12, 2011 at 2:04 am

    one helicopter was found in diaz mansion

  8. jatin
    Posted November 12, 2011 at 2:08 am

    how to get a hunter helicopter ; first you dress up like police

    now get to the army land you will find a hunter that will be fire

  9. Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Here are the Helicopters Found in the Game : Maverick : One on the top of Diaz’s mansion , one in the Hyman Condo in Downtown if you buy it , A police Maverick On the top of the police station in Downton it’s green , Then The Hunter you will find it once you’ve completed 63% of the game and there’s also Sparrows around vice city .

  10. David
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I have tried num9 and num 6 the can’t help me to move foward what to do please help me this cheat OHDUDE is very good ever seen before

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