The GTA Online San Andreas Flight School Update Now Available

Posted on August 19 2014, 6:16am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

You think you've got what it takes to be awesome? Want to take yourself to the absolute limit – hell, past the limit – and live to high-five on the other side? Get yourself down to The San Andreas Flight School. Grab the stick of the fast and nimble Western Besra training jet and push it to the edge of the envelope. Master absolute air superiority in 10 new solo missions that will make you comfortable in any pilot’s danger zone, including combat maneuvering, low-flying challenges, formation flying and more.

Once it’s ‘mission accomplished’ and you’re out of your heroic new Flight Suit, spend your shore leave buzzing the skies in the luxury Swift helo, or cram your entire squad into the new 16-seater Buckingham Miljet for team transport in style. Hit the silk with a collection of new Chutes and Parachute Bags, and if things get a little out of control, rely on the Reserve Parachute to give you a second chance at that soft landing – or use it to get creative with your precision dives. Later, hit the streets in the shapely Invetero Coquette Classic, available in either hard-top or topless roadster variants for whatever your sea-level speed fix.

And round up your wingmen for new Races, Captures, Parachute Jumps and more, including the three all-new VS Mission modes. Acquire Targets 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. In G-Rating, compete against other cadets as you fly to pick up 15 flags in both weapons hot and cold environments. Or try out Air Force Zero, where the defending team must protect an aircraft against an attacking team as it flies to the safe LZ.

The San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online is now available via automatic update 1.16 for both PS3 and Xbox 360. In addition to everything listed above, today's update also includes a number of other adjustments and fixes for GTA Online. Most notably, all Contact Mission GTA$ and RP awards have been rebalanced so that more difficult missions will earn you greater rewards, GTA$ payouts on replays are no longer reduced and all rewards are now time scaled. For a look at all the changes in this update, please check out the full dossier at Rockstar Support.

Stay tuned for more details on continuing updates to GTA Online, and look out for specifics later this week on the upcoming Event Weekend to commemorate the launch of the San Andreas Flight School Update. Read on below for more on the new Jobs included as part of today's update to GTA Online.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.


  • R* Yon August 20 2014, 12:49pmFlag
    Hey all,

    We hope everyone is enjoying the new San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online.

    For those who were experiencing an issue with the loss of their Musket from the Independence Day Special, this issue has been resolved. If you're still not seeing your musket back in your inventory please try restarting your console, and if you're still experiencing issues with the Flight School Update please contact our Support team.

    For anyone experiencing problems with personal license plates reverting to default versions, please see our fix for that here:

    Also, if you're experiencing any other kinds of technical issues in relation to today's update, please visit our support site for assistance.

    To provide feedback and ideas on things you’d like to see in future GTA Online updates, please don't hesitate to hit us up at, where our dev team reviews all player suggestions for consideration.

    Of course, please keep all comments on-topic and related to the article. Abusive, spam and off-topic comments will be removed as per our stated rules, and repeat offenders will be subject to commenting privileges being suspended as well.

    Thanks everyone, we'll have more GTA Online announcements to share with you soon, including all the details of our upcoming Flight School Update Event Weekend.
  • Pashew91on October 17 2015, 7:57pmReplyFlag
    I have San Andreas for Xbox 360 it keeps freezing when I get to flight school ?
    someone have any ideas ?
    • kinggod2100on September 29 2015, 2:23pmReplyFlag
      I have San Andreas for Xbox 360 it keeps freezing when I get to flight school someone please help me
    • Serpentexon October 27 2014, 7:10pmReplyFlag
      I would love to see propeller fighter like Rustler return to GTAV
      • RstarIVon October 13 2014, 12:41pmReplyFlag
        It would be really cool if the Grand Theft Auto V for the new systems come with all the extra dlc's included
        • shilka39on October 10 2014, 8:35amReplyFlag
          Got disapointed of change regarding airplane gameplay, so many mechanisme that already exist but is not used to its full potential, and the changes and nearly minor just a few script changes, for the wing ripping collision just to apply it on air collision and remove instant explosion when hit by any explosive projectiles even where there is no fuel/engine at all (seriously there is more fire inside the c**kpit than on engine and fuel tanks together, and there is no fuel at all inside a c**kpit! Even more when engine and fuel tanks are about 10m away from it)

          Like always new stuff wich cost millions but nothing to increase income from mission, heist are 1 and a half year overdue and still not officially planned for 2015, character movement is stupid (can't use arms eh?) and the : after 4m fall just crash to the ground like a big brown- (you know what i am saying).

          The game should have be more refined, its more a transition game to earn money in order to make another game wich is more polished regarding gameplay.
          Why is even most of solo gameplay elements not in online? why disable gas leaking from vehicles, why are the cops shooting on sight instead of trying to arrest you for minor 'crimes'? (got killed once for litteraly standing in front of a cop car without eyeballing them), why (not) so serious?

          Somehow it feels like FC3, had some good potential but somehow managed to screw it up for same reason : too much time have passed since last game of its series so budget only allow 'basic' elements (I know there are advanced elements)
          But for a game who was announced to be a blockbuster ? Can't be serious on that one
          • Mattyi123on October 7 2014, 9:37amReplyFlag
            hol lehet letölteni ?

            • Yakkuluson October 11 2014, 4:26amReplyFlag
              @Mattyi123 Milyen konzolon játszod?
              Ha PS3-on akkor csak elindítod a játékot és le is tölti
              Ha XBOX 360-on akkor is frissítenie kell a játékot ha van internetkapcsolatod. És be vagy jelentkezve.
              HA viszont valami megbuherált masinád van (ki chipelés Flashelés stb.) nem tudod frissíteni a játékot.
          • zzchhqon October 2 2014, 10:22amReplyFlag
            • USMC_Poolee_2013on September 28 2014, 4:50pmReplyFlag
              Don't for get Dogtags
              • USMC_Poolee_2013on September 28 2014, 4:39pmReplyFlag
                Ok the screenshots Showed Military uniforms when can WE GET THEM (covers, blouse Trousers boots watches helmets pads vest Dress uniform Etc you'll have a BIGGER fan base if you do that and if You put it all on PS4 AND Xbox 1 you'll loose a BIG chunk
                • hungryNonameon September 22 2014, 11:12pmReplyFlag
                  This new payout system is so f***ing ---ed, I like the longer you take the more you get paid but the hole more people more money is dumb as hell!! Seriously needs to be changed, not all the time do I want to play missions with people, I can't even get people to play missions wit anyway it just disconnects half the time. I just did judging the jury by myself trying to do new missions, it takes so long to kill all the jurors by yourself then once you do you get a stupid message telling you to kill the rest in three minutes. Effing impossible by yourself they are all over the map how the f***k are you gonna have a timer on a mission when were supposed to get paid for the longer it takes us!!!? Completely and utterly stupid just screams by shark cards witch I don't have money for and even if I did would not waste money on that s**t. Defeats the purpose of the game of coming up from the bottom and making bank and buying hard earned apartments and cars. I do love the game, just feel like I'm getting treated like dirt as a fan and costumer.
                  • AShaffer14on September 21 2014, 10:07pmReplyFlag
                    Just some ideas
                    Update 01- Land Vehicle Update
                    Vapid Sadler LCD (Large Cabin Diesel)
                    Vapid Mini Sadler (Ford Ranger)
                    Bravado Titan (Dodge Longhorn Ram)
                    Aesa Monstro (Dodge Dart)
                    Aesa E-7 (Ford Fusion)
                    Magnum Copper (Harley Motorcycle)

                    Update 02- Law Enforced
                    Bravado Police c**koo (Law Enforced Toyota Venza)
                    Bravado Chinser Off Road Police Cruiser (Chevy Suburban)
                    Dynasty Cruiser (Undercover Ford Police Car)
                    Buckingham Raid (Heavily Armored Police helicopter)
                    Buckingham Twinsky (V-22 Osprey)
                    Heavy Sniper (Barrett 50.CAL)
                    Heavy Pistol (Desert Eagle)
                    Heavy Automatic Shotgun (AA12)
                    Super Light, Light, Medium, Heavy, Super Heavy, and Juggernaut Armor

                    Update 03- Land Lords
                    Benefactor Toronto (1980's Mobster Car)
                    Recner Blue (Pontiac Firebird)
                    Vapid Limbo (Lowrider Modded Vapid Peyote)
                    MG2 (Browning M2)

                    Update 04 - Thanks-killings
                    Ancient Bow
                    Antique Dagger
                    Ancient Japanese Sword
                    Gas Bombs
                    Winded-up Turkey Bombs
                    Turkey Mask
                    Turkey Costume
                    Indian Costume
                    Pilgrim Costume

                    Update 05 - World War Update
                    Straight Shot (Lockheed - Martin F-22 Raptor)
                    Veteran (Sopwith Camel)
                    Skyhorse (F4U5N Corsair)
                    Skyraid (B-17 Stratofortress)
                    W.A.A.L.W (Warboat)
                    Anti-Friendly (T40 Tank)
                    Armored Barracks

                    • Anthony.C.Birdon September 28 2014, 10:55amReplyFlag
                      @AShaffer14 Also along with those updates rockstar should definitely fix the fist fighting, the fist fighting sucks, its awful it would be cool if there were certain gyms like, a boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, maui thai, and even karate, and maybe the higher your belt gets, the better you get. My friends and I have been talking about this for a long time now, people will spam the superman punch or the powerful punch until you get knocked out, it would be cool if we could have actual fist fights, and ones that last long too not ones that last 20 seconds, and more choices for example in gta iv on the xbox you could use x to kick b to punch and y to alternative punch, things like that and maybe being able to perform takedowns like in red dead redemption but better, I just wish the fist fighting would be a lot better.
                    • ZEVANTthe7thon October 6 2014, 7:56amReplyFlag
                      @AShaffer14 Easier said then done unfortunately
                  • AShaffer14on September 21 2014, 10:01pmReplyFlag
                    @Rockstar you guys should add a vapid Sadler diesel model and be able to buy trailers that you can tow and also live cook sleep watch tv and many more stuff
                    • hungryNonameon September 20 2014, 12:57amReplyFlag
                      Hey here's something for you guys. Maybe make it so we can play? Seriously it's been the hole time since the 1.16 update and I cannot even play with people to save my life, literally. Almost every time I join a job or race or anything it either loads in clouds forever or finally launches the session then loads for infinity. I heard possibilities of heist being released on 23 this month and if that by some miracle happened then this will be understands and accounted for. But I truly doubt that will happen. All I have to say is thanks for giving us the beta version. I really love this game but seriously if your gonna promote stuff in the beginning and in the trailers then deliver it. Every update every month you guys have put so much effort into could have just released heist, then these other updates and we would have money to buy most of the stuff. It shows people doing a heist in the trailer!!! Obviously it's been made, just not released. I'm just irritated because I finally get to play for the weekend and it can't even load a race without infinite loading.
                      • timeworp81on September 19 2014, 8:16pmReplyFlag
                        expert is awsome

                        • Doctor_H_Lecteron September 14 2014, 5:52amReplyFlag
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                          • D3kA_540on September 13 2014, 10:03pmReplyFlag
                            Hay rock star I think it would to great to put the stock market for gta online so we can make some money for our cars and stuff cus I'm always broke
                            • leedslad8797on September 13 2014, 2:42pmReplyFlag
                              What about a cops and crooks dlc pack for update 1.17
                            • blacksosaon September 7 2014, 1:22pmReplyFlag
                              How about giving us the option to Sell or Remove/Delete our Pegasus vehicle/s if we no longer want them in our inventory Personally I think that would be a great idea to put in the next update!!! and most if not some would agree with this also.
                            • Eletrodeath1100on September 5 2014, 3:30pmReplyFlag
                              Hey Rockstar im you next update you guys could put the san andreas stunt academy, because the gta tv has a comercial off it and would be awesome,with the stealth ability increasing and the shooting ability and after you complete the stunt academy you could call solomon to work on the movie bussines, just like after you complete the academy solomon call you and invite you to his new movie, and after you do some off the academy you get special thing's like a suit of a alien or a weapon like the stun gun or a katana for a ninja movie or a space suit for the movie space monkey's, dont know you guys do what you guys think is best (sorry for the bad english i am brasilian but still love english).
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