Learning to Fly

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Learning to fly
Mike Toreno tells Carl Johnson to practise flying

Mike Toreno tells Carl Johnson to practise flying
Game GTA San Andreas
For Mike Toreno
Location Verdant Meadows
Unlocks N.O.E. and Fender Ketchup
Unlocked by Verdant Meadows (mission)

Learning to Fly is the first mission in the Verdant Meadows airstrip giving to Carl Johnson by Mike Toreno.


After purchasing the airstrip, enter the building next to the safehouse. After you step into the marker, a cutscene shows Mike Toreno phoning CJ, telling him to learn to fly in order to free Sweet.


First Mike Toreno tells Carl to go buy the Airstrip in Verdant Meadows. After CJ buys the property, flight school will be available. If he scores 70% or better on a test, it makes another one available. He needs to get at least 70% for all of them for 100% completion of the game. It also makes CJ a licensed pilot, with access to the airports, if he wasn't one before.


There are 10 tests that need to be completed. For a detailed walkthrough of the tests, see Pilot School#Lessons.


  • If you didn't learn to fly, Mike Toreno will (hilariously) convince you to learn to fly.
  • The lessons don't have to be completed in one go. CJ can leave the airstrip and take part in side-missions, dates, or other activities in-between lessons, with the only penalty being the occasional phone call from Toreno chiding CJ for not finishing the lessons.
  • Pilot School is the only mandatory training mission in the game, as the others for boating, biking and cars are optional, though all need to be completed for 100% completion.


After you complete the test, you will unlock a Rustler, for finishing all the tests with bronze or above, a Stunt Plane, for all silver and a Hunter for all gold. Also, the missions N.O.E. and Fender Ketchup are unlocked, with the latter triggered by a phone call from Wu Zi Mu. In addition, all Las Venturas Safehouses are available (contrary to some walkthroughs, the city itself is accessible prior to this mission). Across the game map, airplanes are now available for flying (in addition, CJ can now access airport runways via security gates). The Police Maverick on the roof of the Los Santos Police Department also appears.

Video Walkthrough

PC Version - GTASeriesVideos