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The San Andreas Flight School Update is a content update for Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, released on August 19, 2014, as part of the 1.16 patch. August 19 is actually National Aviation Day, which is why the update was released on this day.


The update adds Flight School to GTA Online, where you can play missions that put your piloting skills to the test. It features three new aircraft, the Besra, Miljet, Swift, and a new classic car, the Coquette Classic. Various new aviation-themed clothing items, along with new parachute options available at Ammu-Nation have also been added.

Update Contents[]

Character Customization[]

  • Two hats and an outfit were added to the game.


Image Name Description

Western Company Besra

A training jet heavily inspired by the Aero L-39 Albatross, Casa C-101 and Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter.

Buckingham Miljet

A military passenger jet based on the Bombardier CRJ200 and Dassault Falcon 7X.

Buckingham Swift

Returning from The Ballad of Gay Tony; is heavily based on the AgustaWestland AW109.

Invetero Coquette Classic

A classic sports car based on the Chevrolet Corvette C3 and Chevrolet Corvette C2.

Jobs/Contact Missions[]

New VS Missions:[]

  • Acquire Target: is a kill-the-carrier style mode where opponents fight in P996 Lazers to control one flag; maintain control for as long as you can to rack up points.
  • G-Rating: compete against other cadets as you fly to pick up 15 flags in both weapons hot and cold environments.
  • Air Force Zero: where the defending team must protect an aircraft against an attacking team as it flies to the safe LZ.

Other New Jobs[]

Air Race: Base Level (Rank 20, 1-8 Players): Play chicken and dodge ducks with this race over Lago Zancudo. Lap course for Besra stunt jets that cuts back over itself multiple times. Expect to see wreckage in the wetlands and impact zones on the bridges.

Parachuting: Cleared For Landing (Rank 11, 1-8 Players): Any cross-eyed civilian idiot can jump from 6,200 ft., pull their chute, and land on the blacktop at Los Santos International. But only a rag tag bastard will be able to navigate the tight, twisting turns on this course, leading down to Devin Weston’s hangar. For best views of the skyline, play on a clear morning.

Capture: Contend: Crowded Airspace (Rank 1, 2-8 Players): Your chances of hitting a turbine blade or a rival or the security detail are going to make most victories in this Contend pyric ones, but who cares, right. Two teams in Frogger helos start at either end of the wind farm, race for the goods, and try to bank them at their respective bases.

Air Race: Crosswind (Rank 45, 1-8 Players): If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, or at least more people would survive. Advanced level Lap Race for Besra Jets weaving through the RON Alternates Wind Farm. Try not to get chopped in half by a turbine blade, or collide with a rival at the crossover.

Land Race: Drag Strip (Rank 1, 1-16 Players): I hope you feel the need for speed on wheels as well as wings. Sports Classics Lap Race on the concrete at the Sandy Shores Airstrip. Drag race down a stretch of runway, hit a short on road section, drag it down a second section of runway, then navigate a hairpin turn.

Air Race: Flying Low (Rank 20, 1-8 Players): Push your aerobatic stunt jet to its limits with this tricky Lap Race around the city. You’ll duck under bridges, skim the canals, trench run the LS River, and maybe, just maybe, learn something about yourself.

Capture: GTA: Airheads (Rank 1, 2-8 Players): A team of pilots has to run four stunt jets from LSIA to Fort Zancudo while another team is coming in the opposite direction. Start in your rivals’ hangar and use a limited supply of Buzzard attack choppers and Lazer jets to mount a defense… attack is, of course, the best form of defense.

Parachuting: Holding Pattern (Rank 20, 1-8 Players): Every jumper’s got to learn to use their back up chute. Either they learn or they go splat with the secondary still packed. Jump from 7,874 ft., drift down to the Maze Bank Arena, release your primary chute, free-fall, pull the backup, and land on top of Ammu-Nation in Strawberry.

Land Race: Need For Seed (Rank 20, 1-8 Players): Get in a Sports Classic, step on the gas, and clear your head with this scenic Lap Race through bucolic Blaine County. Takes you over bridges and past McKenzie Airfield to remind you of your day job.

Air Race: Swift Arrival (Rank 15, 1-8 Players): Take advantage of relaxed no fly regulations around Los Santos International with this short figure of eight Lap Race for choppers. Go under bridges, and over parking garages, and try and make your flight on time.

Parachuting: Take the Plunge (Rank 25, 1-8 Players): The best training exercises are the ones that kill the most recruits. Get to grips with your backup chute, or find out if water really is as hard as concrete when you hit it at terminal velocity. Two chute jump from 6,120 ft. over the Alamo Sea.

Air Race: The Humane Race (Rank 12, 1-8 Players): Point to Point Race for planes across natural resource rich eastern Southern San Andreas. This is a novice level course, but that is no excuse for novice level flying. Be all that you can be, and hope that that’s better than the other guys.

Parachuting: Under The Radar (Rank 11, 1-8 Players): Time for night raid training. You’re jumping from 4,470 ft., gliding through a valley on Mount Josiah, and landing inside the military base. Don't forget to pull your legs up going over the fence, or to take your suicide pill if they catch you. Best played at night with a widow maker chute.

Land Race: Under The Wing (Rank 18, 1-16 Players): If you’ve got a pilot’s all access pass to the blacktop at Los Santos International, well, you gotta make the most of it. High speed Lap Race for Sports Classics around the possibly-terminal terminal buildings. Look out for baggage carriers, tight turns, and jet engines.

Mission Changes[]

  • The San Andreas Flight School is now open for business in GTA Online. The Flight School can be accessed via a Job corona, from rank 6 onwards, at Los Santos International Airport indicated by a small plane icon on the map. Ten flying lessons have been added as part of the Flight School which will help to improve players’ flying skills.
  • Mission payouts were overhauled and balanced based on difficulty, time taken to complete them and the amount of players that play them (with 2 players in the mission or race the payout will increase by 10%, 3 players 20% and 4 players 30%).
  • In races, once players finish the race they will spectate other racers until the other players finish, or until the race's time limit expires.

Additional Features[]



GTA Online - The San Andreas Flight School Update.
GTA Online - The Flight School Update [All DLC Content]


  • The San Andreas Flight School Update is the first update in GTA V not to feature weapons.
    • It is also the first update to feature a trailer, and is narrated by the flight school instructor: JT Boyd.
  • The trailer's depiction of the Air Force pilots is a reference to the movie Top Gun. Trailer scenes referencing the film include the players walking in a V formation to their jets, a jet and motorbike racing by, and the military volleyball scene.
  • The name of the Land Race "Need for Seed" is a reference to the quote "I feel the need...the need for speed!" from Tom Cruise's character "Maverick" in Top Gun, which was also the inspiration for the racing videogame series Need For Speed.


[ ve ]Content Updates in Grand Theft Auto Online
Original version updates
(PS3 and Xbox 360)
Beach Bum Update | Holiday Gifts | The Valentine's Day Massacre Special | The Business Update | The High Life Update | The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update | The Independence Day Special | The San Andreas Flight School Update | The Last Team Standing Update
Mutual updates
(PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC)
Festive Surprise | Heists | Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 | Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2
Enhanced version updates
(PS4, Xbox One and PC)
Freemode Events Update | Lowriders | Halloween Surprise | Executives and Other Criminals | Festive Surprise 2015 | January 2016 Update | Be My Valentine | Lowriders: Custom Classics | Further Adventures in Finance and Felony | Cunning Stunts | Bikers | Import/Export | Cunning Stunts: Special Vehicle Circuit | Gunrunning | Smuggler's Run | The Doomsday Heist | Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series | After Hours | Arena War | The Diamond Casino & Resort | The Diamond Casino Heist | Los Santos Summer Special | The Cayo Perico Heist | Los Santos Tuners | The Contract
Mutual updates
(PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X)
The Criminal Enterprises | Los Santos Drug Wars | San Andreas Mercenaries | The Chop Shop | Bottom Dollar Bounties
Additional content updates
(Already included on game disc)
Special/Collector's Edition | Enhanced Edition | Expanded & Enhanced Version
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