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This article (or section) refers to content in the Enhanced version for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC release of Grand Theft Auto Online that may be absent from other versions.
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Pilot is a prep mission featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of The Cayo Perico Heist update. It is a freeroam mission needed to progress The Cayo Perico Heist if certain aircraft are selected as the approach vehicle.

The Pilot missions are common to both the Heist Prep: Alkonost and Heist Prep: Stealth helicopter Approach Vehicle missions. Completing it once unlocks the pilot for both aircraft approaches. The Pilot mission is locked until one of the vehicles are stolen.

Once the RO-86 Alkonost or Annihilator Stealth is stolen the player must do a favor for a pilot who will fly the aircraft. There are 2 possible mission variations:

Eliminate Loan Sharks

There is only one pilot who combines the necessary skills for this operation with necessary indifference for international law. Retired from air force. Very experienced, very bored. In fact, he is so bored he has picked up little gambling habit, and owes some nasty people too much money. We get rid of these people, he will owe us favor, yes? He has given us coordinates... should be with you now. Some kind of house on stilts.
— One of Pavel's briefings.

To make the pilot fly the RO-86 Alkonost the player must do him a favor. The pilot asks the player to go to the Vinewood Hills and eliminate some Loan Sharks.

Pavel's Dialogue

Transcript
The GTA Online Protagonist starts the prep mission and exits the Kosatka submarine.
Pavel: There is only one pilot who combines the necessary skills for this operation with necessary indifference for international law. Retired from air force. Very experienced, very bored. In fact, he is so bored he has picked up little gambling habit, and owes some nasty people too much money. We get rid of these people, he will owe us favor, yes? He has given us coordinates... should be with you now. Some kind of house on stilts.
Alternative: So, we want a pilot who is capable of precision infiltration of heavy militarized island? There is one man for the job. Decorated air force veteran who is very bored in his retirement. So bored he has spent too much time in casino, and finds himself owing money to the wrong people. We make these people go away, he will do the job for free. The coordinates for their house should be with you now.
Alternative #2: The pilot we need is interesting man. Retired young from air force. Star pilot, has flown tactical parachute drops in every warzone from here to Far East. But he is struggling to adapt to retirement. Picked up quite the gambling habit, and some very unpleasant creditors. We do him the favor of getting rid of them, he does us any favor we wish. He has passed me the location for their house... on your GPS now.
The player arrives at the location in Vinewood Hills.
Pavel: The house is just ahead of your current position. Our pilot friend says they will be well-armed.
Alternative: You are almost there. From what our client tells me, this will get very nasty, very quickly.
Alternative #2: You are approaching the coordinated now. Fair warning: I do not think this will be polite conversation, kapitan.
The player enters the house and kills some loan sharks inside, gaining a police wanted level.
Pavel: Police scanners indicate you are about to have company. You must get rid of them, kapitan.
Alternative: Ah, the police. They object to debt cancellation, yes? You should lose them.
Alternative #2: It seems the police would like to ask you some questions. I strongly suggest you decline.
The player takes out all loan sharks inside the house.
Pavel: A successful negotiation by the sound of it? Good, our pilot will be pleased.
Alternative: Well, this sounded like a pleasant chat. Good work, kapitan... I will speak to our new pilot now.
Alternative #2: From the sounds of it, all debts are cancelled. Very good, kapitan... I will let our pilot know.
The player exits the house.

Steal a Western Rogue

There is only one pilot we need for this operation. Air force veteran with a chest full of ribbons and no fear of causing international incident. He is perfect... but not a man who works for money. Still, there is always a way. Not so long ago his pet plane... a project of his... was stolen. You recover this, he will be in your debt, yes? He has given its location... let's do our good deed for the day.
— One of Pavel's briefings.

To make the pilot fly the RO-86 Alkonost or Annihilator Stealth, the player must first do him a favor. Pavel asks the player to go to a location, recover the pilot's Rogue and take it to Sandy Shores Airfield.

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Pavel's Dialogue

Transcript
The GTA Online Protagonist starts the prep mission and exits the Kosatka submarine.
Pavel: There is only one pilot we need for this operation. Air force veteran with a chest full of ribbons and no fear of causing international incident. He is perfect... but not a man who works for money. Still, there is always a way. Not so long ago his pet plane... a project of his... was stolen. You recover this, he will be in your debt, yes? He has given its location... let's do our good deed for the day.
Alternative: You know, I do not think this operation would be possible without the help of United States Military. They provide such quality supply of highly trained, highly disillusioned people with no concern for international law. In this case, our entry pilot. Best in his generation. But this is not a man who works for money. And he wants us to recover his project plane from the people who stole it. You have the location now... let's be a helping neighbor, yes?
Alternative #2: You want to make this infiltration of Mr. Rubio's island, you are going to need a serious pilot. Someone with experience, someone who asks no questions, someone who has had all other purpose in life systematically removed. Luckily this combination is specialty of United States military, yes? And I have just the man. Even better, he is a man who needs help. His private project plane was recently stolen. We get it back, he will fly any mission we choose. You have the location now.
The player arrives at the location of the plane.
Pavel: The plane has built-in tracker, so the GPS trace should be accurate. Keep a look out.
Alternative: The plane has GPS trace. Not far now.
Alternative #2: The pilot has fitted plane with tracker... you are approaching its position. Eyes open, kapitan!
The player takes out the enemies and enters the Western Rogue.
Pavel: You got it? Perfect! Return it to him, and we have our pilot!
Alternative: Okay, you have it? Get it back to its rightful owner, and he will do whatever we wish!
Alternative #2: Is it in one piece? Keep it that way, and the pilot is ours!
The player delivers the Rogue to the Sandy Shores Airfield

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