How To Fly Helicopter in GTA 5 PC

It is important to know how to fly a helicopter in GTA 5 because it is the fastest and easiest way to get around the city. As long as you know how to handle a helicopter, flying one in GTA 5 on PC is very easy.

If you don’t know how to handle these kinds of helicopters, Don’t worry, We’ve given you the controls for the helicopter below, along with a step-by-step guide on how to fly one

Basic Control To Fly Helicopter in GTA 5

In Grand Theft Auto V, the default controls for flying a helicopter can vary depending on the platform you’re using. Here are the basic controls:

PC Controls:

  • W: Ascend
  • S: Descend
  • A: Turn Left
  • D: Turn Right
  • 8 (Numpad): Pitch Forward
  • 5 (Numpad): Pitch Backward
  • 4 (Numpad): Roll Left
  • 6 (Numpad): Roll Right
  • Mouse movement: Change Direction
  • Left Mouse Button: Shoot (if equipped)
  • Space: Handbrake / Hover

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PlayStation 4 Controls:

  • R2: Ascend
  • L2: Descend
  • L1: Turn Left
  • R1: Turn Right
  • Left Stick Up: Pitch Forward
  • Left Stick Down: Pitch Backward
  • Left Stick Left: Roll Left
  • Left Stick Right: Roll Right
  • Right Stick: Change Direction
  • Square: Handbrake / Hover
  • X: Shoot (if equipped)

Xbox One Controls:

  • RT: Ascend
  • LT: Descend
  • LB: Turn Left
  • RB: Turn Right
  • Left Stick Up: Pitch Forward
  • Left Stick Down: Pitch Backward
  • Left Stick Left: Roll Left
  • Left Stick Right: Roll Right
  • Right Stick: Change Direction
  • X: Handbrake / Hover
  • A: Shoot (if equipped)

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How To Fly Helicopter in GTA 5 PC

Here’s how you can fly a helicopter in GTA 5 on PC:

  1. Enter the helicopter: Press F to board a helicopter. You can get inside a helicopter the same way you get inside a car. Stand beside it and press F
  2. Takeoff: For taking off, press and hold the “W” button. Keep holding it till you reach a satisfactory altitude
  3. Ascend and Descend: Press & hold W to go up. Press S once to decrease the height of the helicopter
  4. Control Direction with Mouse: To start controlling the helicopter with your mouse, hold the left mouse button and start moving the mouse in the direction you want to go
  5. Turn Left or Right: You can turn your helicopter towards the left side by pressing the A button and towards the right side by pressing the D button.

How to Change Camera View

In Grand Theft Auto V, you can change the camera view while operating a helicopter. Here’s how:

On PC:

  1. Third-Person View: By default, when you enter a helicopter, you’ll be in the third-person view.
  2. First-Person View: To switch to the first-person view, press the “V” key on your keyboard until you reach the desired view.
  3. Top-Down View: One of the camera views for the helicopter is a top-down view, which is useful for landing. This can also be accessed by pressing the “V” key multiple times.

On Console:

  1. Third-Person View: By default, when you enter a helicopter, you’ll be in the third-person view.
  2. First-Person View: To switch to the first-person view, press the “Select” button on PlayStation or the “Back” button on Xbox until you reach the desired view.
  3. Top-Down View: One of the camera views for the helicopter is a top-down view which is useful for landing. This can also be accessed by pressing the “Select” or “Back” button multiple times.

You can also adjust the ‘camera height’ between high/low in the display settings to further customize your viewpoint

How to aim for firing from the helicopter

Aiming and firing from a helicopter in a video game like GTA V is a challenging task due to the constant movement of the aircraft and the need to control both the flight and the aim. Here’s how you can do it, based on the information I found:

  1. Adjust Flight: Before you start shooting, get your helicopter into a stable hover or slow forward movement. This will make aiming easier.
  2. Aim at Targets: Targets that are less than 90 degrees from the direction of flight are deceptively difficult due to the changing range. You’ll need to adjust your aim accordingly.
  3. Compensate for Forward Motion: If your helicopter is moving forward, remember that the bullets will continue your forward motion. Aim slightly behind your target to hit it.
  4. Use Near Side of Target: It’s often more effective to aim for a spot on the near side of your target instead of the far side.
  5. Consider Aircraft Vibration & Wind: Real-life snipers need to battle the aircraft’s vibrations and determine wind speed and direction. In a game, this might not be as relevant, but it’s still worth keeping in mind.

Tips for Becoming a Pro Pilot

  1. Practice: As with any skill, practice makes perfect. Spend time flying around Los Santos to get a feel for the controls.
  2. Stay Level: Keep your helicopter level when not turning to maintain control and avoid crashes.
  3. Use both hands: The keyboard and mouse work together to control the helicopter. Use both for optimal control.
  4. Watch out for obstacles: Buildings, trees, and other helicopters can be hazardous when you’re learning to fly. Stay alert!

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