Learning to Fly

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Learning to Fly
Mike Toreno tells Carl Johnson to practice flying

Mike Toreno tells Carl Johnson to practice flying
Game GTA San Andreas
For Mike Toreno
Location Verdant Meadows
Fail Death of Carl Johnson
Exiting any aircraft during a test
Reward Pilot's license
Increased Flying Skill
Unlocks N.O.E.
Fender Ketchup
Las Venturas safehouses
6-star wanted level
Unlocked by Verdant Meadows

Learning to Fly is the first mission in the Verdant Meadows airstrip given 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. 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.


Carl Johnson: Toreno?

Mike Toreno: Carl, learn to fly.

Carl Johnson: I'm on it, man, I swear!

Mike Toreno: "I'm on it, man, I swear" Same old broken record, Carl. But that's fine... because your brother's getting a new cell mate tonight. Horse Cock Harry. And I'm sending a present, little wedding present - a big tube of lube.

Carl Johnson: Shit, dude, okay! Okay! I swear, man, I'm gonna be the best pilot!

Mike Toreno: I'd love to hear you, Carl, I can't hear you. All I can hear is your brother's love cries as 8 kilometers of cock find its way up his ass. Aaooowww? That's your brother, okay? No big problem.

Carl Johnson: Wait! Please, man!

Mike Toreno: That was my last motivational speech, understand? Am I being too spiritual for you, Carl?

Carl Johnson: OK, man, I get the message.


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, aircraft 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. The ability to obtain a 6-star wanted level is now unlocked.


  • 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.
  • The more time you take to begin the flying lessons, the more Toreno will call CJ to remind him, eventually threatening him to have another inmate moved in the same cell as Sweet's, before going on a humorous description of said inmate.

Video walkthrough

PC Version - GTASeriesVideos