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For other Police Helicopters, see Police Helicopter (GTA III).
For the Air Ambulance in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories see Air Ambulance.

The Police Maverick (also known as the VCPD Maverick in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories) is a police vehicle and the first controllable Police Helicopter introduced in the series, debuting in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

It is manufactured by Western Company in Grand Theft Auto IV and Buckingham in Grand Theft Auto V.

Description

The Police Maverick flown by the police possess many characteristics of the preceding Police Helicopter in Grand Theft Auto III. All versions of the vehicle are used by the city's police forces during Wanted Levels, from three stars and above.

Design

In all of its appearances, the Police Maverick is a police adaptation of the civilian Maverick helicopter (excluding GTA V), usually seen operated by and deploying SWAT (3D Universe) or NOOSE (HD Universe) units.

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the helicopter is used by the VCPD, having either a green primary color and white secondary color (GTA Vice City) or an olive/gold primary and white secondary (GTA Vice City Stories), with the "POLICE" text on the underside.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Maverick is used by the SAPD and is operated in all of the three main cities. Apart of the different registration number on the tail boom and the black primary and white secondary colors, the Police Maverick remains unchanged from its previous game.

The Police Maverick exists in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, although it does not spawn normally as other renditions. It has the same details as the previous versions, except the blue primary and white secondary colors and the LCPD markings.

The Police Maverick flown by the police is actually a mesh - it is not solid and can go through buildings, without a chance of crashing either. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the uncontrollable Police Maverick piloted by cops still has the handling and other characteristics from the uncontrollable helicopter in GTA III, although it uses the polygon model from the Police Maverick available to the player. Excluding GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City Stories, pressing the vehicle enter button has no effect for police-flown Police Mavericks. In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, to ensure the player is not going to obtain one, police-flown helicopters blow up upon contact with the player. The helicopter has an "invisible" 5.56mm machine gun on the fuselage (sounding like an M-60 but with much less power), as well as a searchlight, and a loudspeaker (used by the Police to address the player from the skies) only absent in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories rendition. Unlike its GTA III counterpart, the Police Maverick can airdrop SWAT units on ropes at 4 stars wanted level. A functional searchlight is also available on the GTA San Andreas rendition.

In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories, the inside cabin is empty and there is no visible NPC flying the Police Maverick when it is flown by police. In GTA Vice City Stories, however, the VCPD Maverick has a pilot appearing as a normal Police Officer without any pilot gear, and upon the destruction of the chopper, the pilot will drop a Pistol and a Nightstick.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Police Maverick in Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes remains as an adaptation of the regular Maverick, with its design also based on that of the Bell 206. The livery is loosely based on those used on a previous generation of New York City Police helicopters, but with a reversed color scheme. The Police Maverick has a searchlight on the nose and, unlike its civilian or Helitours counterpart, features sidesteps on the rear bay doors. Color distribution is different to that of the regular Maverick, appearing in a white primary color for most of the fuselage and tail boom, and a secondary color for the engine compartment, part of the tail boom, and in the form of thin stripes passing on the sides. It also bears the LCPD markings, with "POLICE" text on the nose and tail boom.

Replacing the original "invisible" machine gun under the fuselage, there are two Police Officers seated on both sides of the helicopter, programmed to shoot the player with Carbine Rifles (or Advanced MGs in The Ballad of Gay Tony), with NOOSE agents replacing police officers in Mavericks at four stars (provided that the FIB does not respond). The ability to deploy units has been removed from the game and, unlike in the 3D Universe, it may be replaced by the Annihilator from higher wanted levels, from five stars and above.

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars

The Police Maverick has the same design as the GTA IV rendition, except that it is uncontrollable and uses a more traditional livery, being a thin blue stripe on the lower side and the "POLICE" text below the front door windows. It also has the same machine gun mounted as 3D Universe, unlike GTA IV. It is obtainable through a secret method in the mission Payback.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

In Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, the Police Maverick has been redesigned with a modern appearance, based on the French Eurocopter AS350B. The livery is based on the design of the one used on the Los Angeles Police helicopters.

The aircraft assumes a completely different design and is no longer based on the regular Maverick, although given its name, it is implied to be a newer generation of the aforementioned vehicle (something seen with multiple vehicles in the same game). The front section is rather triangular in shape and is predominated by large windows, along with two access doors on the sides and a searchlight/camera below, similar to the Frogger, Annihilator, Maverick, Buzzard and Buzzard Attack Chopper. Similar to the aforementioned aircraft, only NPC-operated Police Mavericks can use the searchlight, and players that sit in the copilot seat can use the camera to look around and tag other players.

The main section has a large bay with sliding doors that are always open, small side steps for access, and long skids on the underside, while the upper area has a tall engine compartment with two large exhausts, a three-bladed main rotor and two mounted winches, which can be used by either NOOSE officers or other players in Grand Theft Auto Online. The tail boom is relatively long and features a strike guard below, large vertical stabilizers and small horizontal stabilizers, as well as a two-bladed tail rotor on the left.

The interior of the aircraft is similar to that of the Maverick, being a large flight instrument panel in the center. In the enhanced version, it uses the "Flyer" dial set that is also used on the Maverick and the Buzzard.

The aircraft is only available in a white primary color with a black livery texture on the front section and tail boom, along with LSPD markings on the sides and below the aircraft, with the LSPD emblem partially seen behind the sliding doors.

According to its functionality and the pilot during the mission Eye In The Sky, the mounted camera allows the user to identify individuals by reading RFID transmitters placed in 2012 San Andreas driver licenses. It is marked with the zoom bar, the direction, the height, and the LSPD name marked in a corner. It can activate a microphone to hear distant conversations and is implemented with thermal vision (much like Sniper Rifles in missions). The limitations of the device include a signal lost when the objective is hiding behind a solid structure unless thermal vision is used. In the enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto Online, some missions require the player to scan license plates of vehicles.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

The Police Maverick flyable by the player controls similarly to a normal Maverick, differing only by its ability to pitch steeper than a regular Maverick (especially in games prior to GTA IV), due to the slightly decreased mass (4,500kg vs 5,000kg of the normal Maverick). The Police Maverick has a slight better top speed and handling, given its usage as a police vehicle. While it does not have weapons or an average resistance, the Police Maverick is still a good choice for flying around the city.

In GTA San Andreas, the player can make use of the search light, but its direction can only be controlled in the PC version - in console versions, it moves in the opposite direction to the movement of the helicopter. The light can only be turned on at night by pressing Left Stick Button (Xbox) (Xbox), L3 (PlayStation) (PS2) or Horn button (Default: Caps-Lock or H) (PC).

3D Universe Overview


Aircraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 124 / 200 / 108 Petrol N/A 4500 / 9921
Observed
N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 2-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Police Maverick appears to have a similar performance to its civilian counterpart, being easy to control, useful for navigating through the city. Its single turboshaft engine provides good power output for its blades, allowing for controllable movements, at the cost of being rather slow compared to the powerplant of the Annihilator or the small size of the Buzzard. In other words, the Police Maverick performs averagely, just like the standard version.

Because of the rather exposed cockpit, the front occupants may get shot from enemies in tall places or armed with assault rifles, considering the lower windows may be a weak spot for them when flying above these.

GTA IV Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A 4500 / 9921
Website Statements
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 4-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

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The Police Maverick has mediocre performance compared to other helicopters. However, as a freely available helicopter, it can be used for quick extractions or escapes. The aircraft is fairly maneuverable and has a descent airspeed. However, the Police Maverick's speed falls short of luxury helicopters such as the Swift or attack helicopters like the FH-1 Hunter. Its climbing rate remains average for a transport helicopter and has an average weight.

The helicopter is unarmored and only two shots from the Heavy Sniper will be enough to damage the engine, although it can fly for a little over two minutes before the engine completely fails. Just like every other unarmored helicopter, the Police Maverick will be destroyed in only one hit from a standard explosive. Against the Heavy Sniper Mk II equipped with explosive rounds, the helicopter will only take two to three hits. Because of its decent maneuverability, the Police Maverick is able to avoid standard homing missiles but, just like all helicopters without countermeasures, fails to avoid missiles with better tracking fired from the vehicles such as the: Deluxo, Oppressor Mk II, or Ruiner 2000. Due to the open cockpit, the front occupants are very exposed to gunfire. The tail of the helicopter can be shot to destroy it more quickly.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
(ft/min)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A N/A 6500 / 14330 100
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 3-bladed rotor Rear Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
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Speed
76.751122%
Acceleration
94.642853%
Braking
Agility
95.57692%


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
0 2 50 / 164 1 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
ImageGallery-Placeholder.png
Damage
0%
Fire Rate/Speed
0%
Accuracy
10%
Range
35%
Clip Size
1%

Image Gallery

3D Universe

HD Universe

Special Variants

3D Universe

A NPC version of the Police Maverick appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, which only appears if the player has three or more wanted level stars. In reality, the NPC Police Maverick is the reused Police Helicopter from Grand Theft Auto III, using GTA Vice City's regular Police Maverick model [3][1][2], with slight differences: The back doors on airborne Police Mavericks slide back, unlike the usable ones, where the back doors of Police Mavericks available to the player swing open instead. The back doors are open for the animation of the SWAT team rappeling down from the police helicopter. In GTA Vice City Stories, the slide-door variant retains the GTA Vice City green and white livery, contrary to the olive/gold and white livery of the drivable version. The slide-door variant is not normally available to the player. In GTA Liberty City Stories, the windows of the helicopter are blackened, obscuring the interior.

If the player manages to obtain it (not possible in normal means) in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the helicopter is useless and does not accelerate. It also misses some features such as leaning (however, it can lean left/right), going down and turning. This is due to the fact that, like the DeadDodo, the NPC Police Maverick follows a scripted path file [4] and it can be seen flying around the city when the player is piloting a flying vehicle. When the helicopter is in mid-air, it will fall through the ground immediately due to its "bullet/rocket collision only".

In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories however, the NPC Police Maverick performs exactly like a regular Police Maverick, due to the fact that there's no scripted path file for it like in GTA Vice City. However, it retains its abilities, and is thus extremely responsive and fast - it can accelerate to full speed and also quickly stop. It can also accelerate upwards very fast, past the game's height limit without any limitations, it also retains its black windows, obscuring its interior.

Grand Theft Auto V

Air Ambulance

In Grand Theft Auto V, there is a medical version of the Police Maverick, dubbed the "Air Ambulance". While this variant retains the Police Maverick design and name, the liveries have been changed into that of a medical variation, mostly consisting of red livery textures on the front section, tail boom and part of the underside.

AMBULANCE_HELI
File Color Set Window Tint? Livery? Mod Kit
N/A No Livery No

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

The Lost And Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In The Long Stretch, police arrive in two Police Mavericks as an attempt to take out Franklin, Lamar and Stretch.
  • In Eye in the Sky, Trevor must assist Franklin in the theft of the Z-Type using the Police Maverick's equipment.
  • In The Paleto Score, a NOOSE team confronts the crew in a Police Maverick, but it is taken down and crashes into a nearby building.
  • In The Big Score, Police Mavericks are seen in both approaches.
    • In the Subtle approach, one attempts to take out the crew's Gauntlets and a second one appears in the cutscene trying to locate the suspects (which were already hidden in the trucks).
    • In the Obvious approach, one is seen deploying NOOSE agents in a nearby elevation trying to take out the crew and two are seen carrying LSPD officers with the same objective.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Locations

Like the Police Helicopter in Grand Theft Auto III, pursuing Police Maverick appears at a 3-stars wanted level. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the helicopter is usually always parked on the roof of the main police station of the city.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • On top of the LSPD Headquarters rooftop in Pershing Square, Los Santos after completing the mission Learning to Fly.
  • Can be acquired in mid-flight during a police chase by climbing on the top of a crane and hijacking it when it flies by.
  • Can also be acquired during Breaking the Bank at Caligula's. The player is, at some point, tasked to parachute to a rooftop and use it to escape (though this is optional). It is possible to store it simply by parking it inside the Verdant Meadows hangar then walking onto the red marker to complete the mission.
  • Police Mavericks can frequently be seen flying over gang controlled neighborhoods in Los Santos and San Fierro when the player lacks a wanted level. If the player obtains a wanted level while one is nearby, they won't give chase unless the wanted level is three stars or higher.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • This helicopter does not spawn anywhere and cannot be obtained by normal means.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • On the roof of the Downtown police station (after the mission From Zero to Hero is completed).
  • On the roof of the Washington Beach police station (before and after the mission From Zero To Hero).

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City

The Police Maverick does not spawn on top of police stations like in previous games, so the only way to obtain one is by using the Helicopter Sniping Trick using one of two methods:

  • 1st Method - Obtainable by sniping the pilot, making the helicopter slowly hover to the ground undamaged. It only works 50% of the time; the rest of the time the Police Maverick will spin rapidly around in circles, hitting the ground with fierce force and exploding. Also obtainable by an even more frustrating process in which the helicopter is disabled at a low enough altitude that all occupants live, and then the Police Maverick is pushed into a safehouse Parking Spot. That method probably works less often than the previous. Other than that, you can only fly the Police Maverick in multiplayer Race Mode.
  • 2nd method - Go to middle of the pond in Middle Park and snipe people until a three star wanted level is obtained. When the helicopter appears, shoot the pilot from the side. If it falls in shallow water, the player may obtain it. Since the Police Officers will not try to swim to the island to go after the player, they will have plenty of chances to get the Police Maverick before the Annihilator appears.

NOTE: If the player manages to lure the helicopter over the pond in Middle Park, it will be easier to obtain, although the helicopter must have an open space and the water must be shallow.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Singleplayer
  • During the mission "Not So Fast", one can steal a Police Maverick when the player has to climb back on to the roof to get back in Yusuf's Buzzard by waiting a few seconds, when a Police Maverick will land on the roof.
Multiplayer

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Police Maverick
Air Ambulance

Grand Theft Auto Online

Police Maverick
  • Sometimes found in the same locations mentioned above.
    • Will spawn more frequently when a player that is close to these locations has a 3-star wanted level or higher being pursued by Police Mavericks, as this will work as a spawn seed.
  • Spawns on top of Mission Row Police Station during the Clubhouse Contact Mission of P.O.W at this location.
  • Appears in the Planning Work: Vault Code and can be kept upon completion of the mission, although the steady control and camera features are no longer available.
Air Ambulance

Video

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Police Maverick gives the player a Sniper Rifle upon entry.

Trivia

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3D Universe

  • The Police Maverick is featured in Rockstar North's Manhunt 2 as one of the numerous unusable vehicles, bearing the VCPD's color scheme.
  • In GTA Vice City and GTA Liberty City Stories, while it is possible to spawn the slide-door Police Maverick that pursues the player, it will be invisible, and trying to enter it will crash the game, since the game will be looking for the missing door that does not exist on the helicopter. Even if it is controlled, it cannot be flown as pressing the "forward" key does nothing. It otherwise behaves like a normal helicopter, and it can be destroyed, either with the use of weapons or a cheat code. This is because, they are not supposed to be obtained.
  • In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Police Maverick uses the LOD of GTA Vice City's controllable Police Maverick, with decals and colours changed.
  • In GTA Vice City, the machine gun actually fires from the back rather than under the belly.
  • In GTA Vice City, the red light on the back of airborne Police Mavericks is dislocated, and remain in the same place as its predecessor.
  • Police Mavericks can be seen flying around without a wanted level. They are not solid and do not have any engine noise. They also can not be destroyed, and their rotors are static. In the PC Version of GTA San Andreas, this is not the case, and they can be shot down by the player using the minigun or other heavy arms (which instantly grants a 3 star wanted level). In GTA San Andreas, Police Mavericks are most commonly seen patrolling areas of Los Santos dominated by gang crime, including Grove Street and Idlewood. They can also be observed flying around airports, presumably to monitor incoming and outgoing flights.
  • In the beta version of GTA San Andreas, there were LSPD Police Mavericks.[5]
    • This function is unavailable on the mobile version of GTA San Andreas, due to the action button being unavailable. However, if the player connects a gamepad to their device and presses the action/sub-mission button, the searchlight can be turned on.
    • This feature does not seem to work on the HD remaster ports of San Andreas as pressing either the action/sub-mission button does nothing.
  • If the player manages to steal the Police Maverick in GTA San Andreas while it is in flight, the helicopter will remain hostile. For example, if the player parks the helicopter and gets out, the helicopter's underbelly will shoot at the player from the ground; this is due to programming limitations.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the pilot, gunner and co-pilot are named "Jim", "Dave", "Ned", and "John" respectively. (Jim: There he is kill him, John! John: Why do I always do the fuckin' killing?!") and (John: Jim, you see anything? Jim: Over there!! shoot him!) And (Hey, I can see my house from here!) (Dave, will you shut the hell up? You, stop!!)[6].
  • The mounted gun oddly bypasses any coding that would make the object/character invincible. For instance, it will damage the player even if the "Invincibility" cheat is activated. It also can damage a Rhino, despite it being very resistant to bullet-based weapons.
  • Despite a news article mentioning that the LCPD didn't acquire Helicopters until 2001, Police Mavericks appear in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which is set in 1998.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, one of the pilots is called "Jimmy". (Co-Pilot: Jimmy, can you keep this 'copter steady?").
  • In GTA Vice City, the Police Maverick that chases the player is invulnerable to any forms of weapons but very vulnerable to the Rocket Launcher. Unlike other vehicles that explode into a black object, the Police Maverick explodes into pieces like glass. The destruction of the Police Maverick awards the player $250 and half wanted star.
  • In GTA: San Andreas, saving and Loading a game at the Jefferson safehouse will usually cause a Police Maverick to spawn outside. A nearby gang member will usually flee on foot, even abandoning any vehicle they were driving. At night, the Police Maverick will use their searchlight to follow the gang member.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

One of the artworks of the Police Maverick. Note that it assumes the design of its real-life inspiration.

  • In one of the GTA V Artworks, the Police Maverick appears to assume the Eurocopter AS350B design, evidenced by the shorter rear doors and the different searchlight positioning, as well as a different livery, very different from the current one used by the vehicle in-game (excluding the "LSPD" on its underside, which remains the same).
  • In the first trailer, the Police Maverick was initially based on its GTA IV rendition with the current black and white scheme.
  • Unlike in GTA IV, Police Mavericks and Buzzards are never used by the LSPD during wanted levels, but only by NOOSE agents. Only the ones used during certain missions and those flying above Grove Street, Vinewood, and Davis are used by the LSPD.
    • Those spawning flying above the city will never chase the player while being wanted and will keep their scripted scenario, although the game will still mark them as active helicopters and will spot the player if they remain "identified" (i.e. not switching vehicles out of sight). If the player attempts to approach them while being wanted, the copilot will attack them with a Pistol.
  • Police Maverick officers may talk through the megaphone quotes like "LSPD, hands up" and "Stop right there". They sound more muffled than the quotes read from the LSPD Cruisers, possibly due to their height.
  • Due to the "Air Ambulance" only being a variant of the Police Maverick rather than a separate vehicle, it tends to spawn flying around the Bolingbroke Penitentiary instead of the regular Police Maverick.
  • While the Police Maverick is programmed to carry two people in the rear bay during regular gameplay, those that spawn during wanted levels and are deploying NOOSE officers on the ground will have two more appearing from behind the rear wall of the bay, as if the aircraft is capable of carrying six people.

Bugs/Glitches

3D Universe

  • If the player shoots down a Police Maverick and lowers their wanted level below three-star through cheat codes, the Police Maverick will fly away as if nothing happened. Police Mavericks that fly away are also invulnerable to any form of damage.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • If the player shoots down a pursuing Police Maverick and is busted or wasted near the same moment the Maverick explodes, they will sometimes automatically regain a 4 star wanted level if they respawn at a Police Station or Hospital in the vicinity of the wrecked Maverick.
  • Getting into the Police Maverick before unlocking the next island will result in the game crashing. The helicopter will sound like it's starting up, but it will freeze and the helicopter will be on fire. This glitch is fixed in the 1.1 version (Steam).

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • If the player does a replay, then the Police Maverick will fly away after the replay is done or exited.
  • The AI-controlled Police Maverick may sometimes appear under the ground if using the Jetpack to shake the Maverick off multiple times.
  • If the player manages to steal the AI-controlled Police Maverick, land, and exit the helicopter, the helicopter will act like it's still controlled by the AI, albeit can't fly anymore. It will even deploy S.W.A.T. Team members if the player has more than 3 wanted stars.

HD Universe

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Once Niko gets out of a Police Maverick, the helicopter will start flying away and fall once it is realized that there is no pilot. This is because the game still reads the helicopter as AI-controlled. This will no longer happen when the player goes back to the safe house from a considerable distance away from it. This also happens with the Annihilator if it is obtained with the same method.
    • Holding Y (Xbox)/Triangle (PlayStation) to shut off the engine will prevent this.
    • Leaving the helicopter very close to the ground and then pressing Left Trigger (LT) (Xbox)/L2 (PlayStation) immediately before pressing Y (Xbox)/Triangle (PlayStation) may hurt the player a bit, but the helicopter will not suffer this glitch, as it will not have enough time to ascend by itself.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Sometimes, after a helicopter lands, the pilot will be alive (if the helicopter is still intact, but the engine is broken), it will be locked and the pilot remains in it, alive. Pointing a gun at him will make him flinch, although he will remain in the helicopter still. For example, the helicopter crashes into a suspect in a Jet, the helicopter might just stop working, but the pilot will stay in it and it will float down.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Grand Theft Auto III:
    \Grand Theft Auto III\text\american.gxt\HELI - Helicopter

    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    NPC Police Maverick:
    \Grand Theft Auto Vice City\text\american.gxt\HELI - Helicopter
    Regular Police Maverick:
    \Grand Theft Auto Vice City\text\american.gxt\POLMAV - Police Maverick
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP version)
    Used in all Helicopters in the game; Not displayed in the HUD:
    \PSP_GAME\USRDIR\TEXT\ENGLISH.GXT\HELI - Helicopter

    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP version)
    NPC VCPD Maverick:
    \PSP_GAME\USRDIR\TEXT\ENGLISH.GXT\CHOPPER - VCPD Maverick
    Regular VCPD Maverick:
    \PSP_GAME\USRDIR\TEXT\ENGLISH.GXT\POLMAV - VCPD Maverick
  3. As suggested by the .GXT files:

    AMERICAN.GXT text strings for the Helicopter (Escape), which is shared with Police Helicopter in GTA III, and used for the NPC Police Maverick in the next 3D Universe games.
  4. \Grand Theft Auto Vice City\data\paths
  5. LSPD Maverick
  6. GTA San Andreas Police Quotes


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