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Complete list of all helicopter locations in GTA 5

There are many locations in the game where helicopters spawn frequently (Image via Reddit/HP_damager)
There are many locations in the game where helicopters spawn frequently (Image via Reddit/HP_damager)

Helicopters are probably the most versatile way to get around in GTA 5. To use a helicopter, players need to find one of the many helipads found throughout San Andreas. There are quite a few such locations in the game where players can find a helicopter.

Given below is a list of all the locations where players can find helicopters in GTA 5. Players must note that this list is for the single-player story mode of Grand Theft Auto 5, and not GTA Online.


Where to find helicopters in GTA 5

1) Los Santos International Airport (LSIA)

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Maverick
  • Cargobob
  • Frogger
  • Annihilator
  • Buzzard

The LSIA is one of the best places in GTA 5 to get a helicopter, as it is the biggest airport in the game with the most helicopters available. Franklin and Michael can buy helipads here to store their own personal helicopters.


2) Sandy Shores Airfield

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Maverick
  • Cargobob
  • Frogger
  • Annihilator
  • Buzzard

The Sandy Shores airstrip is the biggest airfield in Blaine county. Players can use this airfield to get back to Los Santos without wasting too much time.


3) Central Los Santos Medical Center

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Hospital Maverick
  • Police Maverick
  • Buzzard

This is the safest location to get a Helicopter in the game without gaining a wanted level. Players can simply climb the building using the stairs to reach the rooftop helipads.


4) Nation Office of Security Enforcement (NOOSE)

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Buzzard Attack Chopper

Although this location is to the corner of the map, it can sometimes come in handy while trying to travel around the game from the far east. Players can use the ladders to climb up to the helipad.


5) Fort Zacundo – Military Base

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Buzzard
  • Cargobob

This location is one of the most difficult places to steal a helicopter from. This is because as soon as players fly into this airspace, they receive a 4 star wanted level.


6) Paleto Bay

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Maverick
  • Cargobob
  • Frogger
  • Annihilator
  • Buzzard

The Paleto bay helipad is the best way to get back to Los Santos when players are at the other end of the map.


7) McKenzie Field Airstrip

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Cargobob
  • Maverick

McKenzie Field Airstrip is another airstrip in Blaine County besides Sandy Shores Airfield. It can be used to fly to Los Santos if the Sandy Shores Airfield is too far away.


8) Tackle Street Helipad

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The helicopters available here are:

  • Maverick
  • Cargobob
  • Frogger
  • Annihilator

The Tackle Street Helipad is a buyable property in the game that players can buy to use as their personal helipad. This is a great place to find randomly spawned helicopters for a quick escape or a general joyride.


Why prefer helicopters over land vehicles?

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GTA 5 has an enormous map, and getting across it by car can sometimes be time-consuming. While riding motorcycles and cars can be fun, they're not the best options if players need to get somewhere quickly. Airplanes are also not a viable option because, unlike helicopters, they cannot take off and land anywhere. They're also not as widely available.

There are many different types of helicopters in the game that players can get into and fly around to travel. Besides traveling, some of these helicopters are weaponized and can take out enemies during missions. Controlling them, on the other hand, is a completely different story, and it can be quite difficult at first, especially when attempting to land.

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Edited by R. Elahi
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