A Maverick in GTA Vice City..
A Maverick in GTA Vice City..
A Maverick in GTA Vice City..
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Vehicle type Civilian aircraft
Body style 4-door helicopter
Capacity 4 (pilot and 3 passenger)
Manufacturer Western Company (GTA IV Era)
Buckingham (GTA V Era)

"Executive helicopter for high-rollers, big spenders and tourists."
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.[1]

The Maverick is a helicopter in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. The Maverick has also appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories but is not intended for the player to use.


The Maverick is based on the Bell 206 L Longranger, but the GTA IV rendition features four blades on its main rotor, similar to the Bell 407, but retaining the body design of previous Mavericks (pre-release material such as television footage suggests GTA IV's Maverick was originally intended to retain its two blade rotor).

Overall, the Maverick is a good choice of transport in GTA Vice City, but GTA San Andreas has many better options. In GTA IV, most helicopters are just variants of the Maverick, so for style go for a different variant (like a Helitours Maverick). However, for function, go for an Annihilator as it has weaponry and is the fastest helicopter in the game. Since GTA Vice City, the police has their own version of the Maverick called the Police Maverick.

GTA Vice City — GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA Vice City, the Maverick is a fully accessible vehicle, available in quite a few places. It has a moderate maximum speed, can survive some damage, and it is the only helicopter that is available in a variety of colors. There is also another smaller two-passenger version dubbed VCN Maverick that is used by the Vice City News Network.

In GTA San Andreas, the Maverick is essentially the same helicopter, but with slightly altered handling, and a new sound. As in GTA Vice City, there is also a news helicopter version of the Maverick, the News Chopper, that can be seen flying along with the Police Maverick once the player reaches a 4-star wanted level.

In GTA Vice City Stories, the Maverick is used in some missions. During the mission High Wire, a magnet is attached to the Maverick to act like a sky crane, which is not available outside the mission. Lance also owns one, which is seen occasionally in the game.

The Maverick in GTA Liberty City Stories is not intended to be obtained by the player. However, it can be obtained by the player during the missions Calm Before the Storm given by Joseph Daniel O'Toole[2] and False Idols given by Ned Burner[3]. The Maverick can be obtained more easily by using this trainer for the PSP version of the game. It is unusually fast and can reach high speeds in a matter of three seconds, which is not possible with the Maverick in other games. Moving the camera moves the helicopter (because the right analog stick was to alternatively control a helicopter in GTA Vice City.) The blades are used of that of an AI-controlled Police Maverick, and the blades renders transparency incorrectly when they are viewed through the blades (i.e. trees.)



A Maverick in GTA IV.

In GTA IV the Maverick has been changed slightly, including new crash animations, new sound and better design, although it still remains similar to the previous Mavericks. In GTA IV, the Maverick is the only civilian helicopter, and it may be found at either Francis International Airport, some of the helipads or on skyscraper helipads, the Alderney Heliport above the Booth Tunnel or even during Brucie's Heli Ride activity. Since this is an unarmed helicopter (unless a passenger is shooting a weapon), this is not advised for chases or any fighting in general.

When the player unlocks Brucie's Chopper ability, the player can spot a humorous label on the "A" pillar while in the passenger seat: "This helicopter might crash but we really don't care if it does, refer to flight manual for help." This label can also be found on Helitours Maverick's when the player takes any helitour.

In addition to the aforementioned difference in rotor design (a two-blade rotor replaced by a four-blade variety), pre-release materials also depict earlier forms of the Maverick as having shut rear doors, as opposed to slid open doors in the final version.


The Maverick returns in GTA V. Pitted against the other civilian helicopter in the game, the Maverick is inferior - it is slower, and more unstable in crosswinds and prone to damage because of its light construction. More noticeably, though, is the return to a two-bladed main rotor.

Notable owners



  • Like most other aircraft in GTA San Andreas, the Maverick plays K-DST by default.
  • Even though the Maverick in GTA Liberty City Stories is not meant to be obtained, the controls from previous games still work. It also lacks an in-game name.
  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, Mavericks are scripted to be flown by civilians, and can be found flying around the coastline of Francis International Airport.
  • A special Golden Maverick is used during The Ballad of Gay Tony Drug Wars.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, despite having its rear door open, the player will always smash the window rather than a safer way by going trough the back door. The same thing happens to the Annihilator.
  • It is possible to use the Maverick to obtain the One Man Army Trophy/Achievement in Grand Theft Auto IV. First, the player has to obtain a six star wanted level either using cheats or by killing civillians and destroying vehicles. Once the six stars have been obtained, the player is to fly the Maverick as high as they can while at the same time making sure they stay inside the search radius. Wait five minutes and the player should gain the achievement.


GTA Vice City
  • Roof of the Hyman Condo safehouse.
  • Roof of the Vercetti Estate after the mission Rub Out. If the Sea Sparrow is unlocked, there is a less chance of the Maverick spawning.
  • Uniquely-colored Maverick in the mission Loose Ends.
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories

Much like other helicopters in the game, the Maverick in GTA Liberty City Stories is unobtainable, as the game's developer may have been unable to adapt the entire city for player-controlled helicopters, such as adding solid boundaries on building and roofs, setting a ceiling height limit, or a crash animation. Also, the Maverick takes extremely high damage if its rotors touch a building, unlike in GTA Vice City and Vice City Stories.

However, the helicopter is, along with the Police Maverick, the only helicopter to appear proper during mission, although the player is normally unable to obtain one in any of its appearances (unless otherwise stated):

Other than the aformentioned missions, the Maverick can otherwise be obtainable by using cheat devices or third party trainers.

GTA Vice City Stories
  • Alderney City heliport, above the Alderney exit of Booth Tunnel.
  • Private helipad at a mansion in Westdyke, Alderney.
  • Roof of the MeTV skyscraper in Star Junction, Algonquin. Its roof can be accessed via a window-cleaner's lift on the west end next to Kunzite Street or by flying there using another helicopter. Only spawns occasionally. Replaced by the Annihilator after killing all 200 Pigeons.
  • On a helipad in front of a waterfront tunnel ventilation tower on the western edge of Purgatory, Algonquin. Only spawns occasionally.
  • Helipad of the Tudor, Alderney fire station in south-west Alderney.
  • Can be purchased from Elitas Travel for $780,000. Mavericks bought from the website are available only in silver with white trim.
  • The player can hijack Dom Beasley's unique green Maverick at most parachute jumps.
GTA Online