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Not to be confused with the Volatol, a stealth bomber in Grand Theft Auto Online.
"The sleekest aerodynamics on the market, double swept blades, fantail rotor: when you're coming off a weekend's team-building ketamine workshop there's no more costly way to move at immense speeds in perfect comfort and near-total silence. This is the real business class."
Elitás Travel description.

The Buckingham Volatus is a luxury helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update.

Design

Grand Theft Auto Online

The helicopter takes a similar luxury appearance to the Swift, sporting a large nosed cockpit and sliding side doors. It appears to take influence from primarily the Airbus Helicopters H160 and the Eurocopter EC155. The H160's influence can be seen heavily in the rotor assembly and blades, Fenestron tail, side profiling and windscreen. On the rear is a Fenestron tail, similar to the Valkyrie's empennage, with twin tail wings.

The Volatus has a 5-blade rotor and features a primary color applied for the nose, part of the sides, upper section and part of the tail boom and rear fins, while the secondary color is applied to the portions around the windows, around the logo and the rotor spinner. The portions covering the lower side of the fuselage and most of the tail and fins are classed as the "pearlescent" color. The "Buckingham" text can be seen printed on the tail boom, as well as the logo near the access doors. It also has a tricycle undercarriage, similar to the Swift and the Savage.

Similar to the Swift Deluxe, the interior is fitted with luxury equipment, such as a TV screen, surround sound, leather seating and a coffee machine. Also, it has sliding doors and reuses the door-opening animation from the Swift Deluxe. Passengers can drink champagne and browse the internet within the helicopter, instead of using the Mobile Phone.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Volatus has decent performance for a helicopter. Statistically, it has the same top speed as the Swift and a slightly better maneuverability, but its rather large size makes it not suitable for landing in tight spaces. The helicopter’s narrow landing gear causes it to tend to lean when landing, especially in steep places. Since it is designed for luxurious, speedy traveling like the Swift, it is not very durable: ten seconds of continuous Minigun fire will cause the engine to stall, destroying the vehicle. Therefore one should consider only using it to travel from place to place in quick succession in non-combat situations.

GTA Online Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
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 8000 / 17637 100
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
4.2 Seconds 173 / 278 / 150 400 / 400 Twin turboshaft engines, 5-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Volatus-GTAO-RSCStats
Speed
76.751122%
Acceleration
98.214294%
Braking
Agility
97.974121%

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto Online

Upon being converted into a personal aircraft, the Volatus can be repainted with a primary color and a secondary color. It is possible to change the tertiary color via the pearlescent color given with the primary "metallic" color. The markings cannot be removed, however.

Category Modification
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors
Remove Remove Aircraft

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Locations

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available for purchase on Elitás Travel for $2,295,000.
    • It is classed as a Small vehicle when stored in a Hangar.
  • Can be requested in Free Mode for Organizations through SecuroServ Vehicles menu for $10,000 or for free if owned.
    • A CEO may also request a Luxury Helicopter pickup in free mode through the CEO Abilities menu for $5,000, which causes either a piloted Volatus or SuperVolito to arrive, similar to the Merryweather Helicopter pickup service, but can also instantly travel to any of the player-owned Special Cargo warehouses, Import/Export warehouses, or office.

Trivia

  • 'Volatus' relates to 'flight' and 'flown' in Latin, referring to the characteristics of a helicopter. This term is also comparable to the word 'Volito', seen on the SuperVolito.
  • The Volatus appears to be one of the helicopters available with tinted windshield, although the inner side of the same is still transparent, intended for the first-person view.

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