On mission where Lester ask you to get documents on the top of a building, you need a helicopter.

My partner and I went in the airport, top of the hospital, airport in the middle off the map, south beach and we didn't see any choppers.

My partner called in a helicopter from his contact list but we couldn't control it. We got killed while the chopper was standing just above the building.

For that mission, do we need to own a chopper or can we find one on the map?

  • you don't actually need a chopper, you can climb the ladder (I believe it's on the crane) but it takes forever and if you die you're basically out of luck. I would recommend getting a chopper as per @CaulynDarr's answer
    – turbo
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 13:23
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    @turbo I tried that at first. They see you just as you get to the top of the crane and will shoot you. You'll die before ever getting to the building.
    – CaulynDarr
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 15:59
  • @CaulynDarr it's not easy or recommended, but if you truly can't get a helicopter, what else can you do?
    – turbo
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 17:04
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    Managed to do this mission without a helicopter but it was ridiculous. Climbed the ladder for absolutely ages, avoided getting shot and then had to parachute off the crane onto the building. The parachuting killed the other three people in my group so I had to take out two helicopters by myself with a hand gun. Then because you're not supposed to get on to the building that way, you can't get back down, so had to hobble across the crane to get back to the ladder. It was ridiculous and took forever, so yeah, get a helicopter if you can -_-
    – user69912
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 9:55

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This mission is a bit frustrating if you don't own your own chopper. It may be that the devs forgot to enable the construction site elevators.

Luckily there is a way to get around this at lower levels.

First call in the Merryweather chopper for a pickup. When it lands, shoot the pilot in the head. You now have a chopper to use. Next either land the chopper on a nearby tall building's roof and clear the upper floors of the construction site with sniper rifles

Or go to Fort Zancudo and steal a attack helicopter. They still spawn there during missions.

Otherwise save up the cash and buy a personal chopper.

  • By "lower levels" you mean 30 and above, so this is no help to anyone at a level < 30. Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 16:16
  • @Archer, well it is a level 25 mission, not an unreasonable solution, but does not cover all cases
    – turbo
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 17:03
  • @Archer Then go break into the Fort on foot. Or save up $$$$ and buy your own Maverick. The answer is factually correct, don't down vote just because you don't like it.
    – CaulynDarr
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 17:13
  • It's factually correct, yes, but not an answer to the question that was asked, hence the down-vote :) Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 9:26
  • @Archer How so? The question was where they can find a helicopter for this mission. I told them all of the available ways how, with the bonus on how to actually use one to complete the mission.
    – CaulynDarr
    Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 11:21

If you're below level 30 then you can still get a helicopter for missions, but most of the usual places are empty. I used the helipad you can see on this map...


It's annoying to get a helicopter there, but you can do it. If you park up at the road and then survey the area with a decent mid-to-long range weapon then you'll probably see a helicopter, normally hovering above a helipad. Let the pilot land and then shoot him from where you are. This is the bit that's annoying. If you get too close then he'll take off and then he's gone for good.

If that does happen, or if there is no helicopter when you get there then just drive off and come back, in order to refresh the NPCs in the area.

Most of the time I've got a helicopter first time with this method, but sometimes I've driven off and come back again several times and had nothing.

As mentioned in CaulynDarr's answer, it's much easier to call MerryWeather and kill the pilot so I'd recommend that, but if you're below level 30 then you don't have that option.

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    Thanks @turbo. I didn't think it would resize the image nicely, hence the link instead. That's much better :) Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 18:01
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    Yeah I wasn't going to do it if it stretched the screen, but it looks pretty good!
    – turbo
    Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 18:20

At rank 10, every time I have gone to the Eastern end of the large airfield (South of the lake), I have found a Maverick on the helipad. I have never failed to find one there. I assume that as your rank increases, the helicopter spawning there may change.

Also good as a getaway vehicle for robbing stores!

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    Those spawn points are only available in free mode. In missions they are empty.
    – CaulynDarr
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 16:00
  • Ah, I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for the clarification. I assume it isn't possible to obtain the vehicle before starting the mission?
    – Gizmo3k
    Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 9:12
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    No, it will start you free falling in mid air if you do that.
    – CaulynDarr
    Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 11:23

you don't need a helicopter for this mission at all... there's a container right near the entrance to the airport that you can use to jump the fence if you're in a vehicle. It doesn't need to be super fast either, it's an easy jump.

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