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.