New GTA Online Verified Jobs Let You Take To The Skies With #FlightSchool Events; 10 New Missions To Keep You Flying High

By Steve Buja , Updated Oct 15, 2014 01:07 PM EDT
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Rockstar today updated their verified Jobs list with 10 new missions for GTA Online that take you high above the skies of Los Santos. Five of the player made maps were officially selected as part of the Flight School Event Weekend contest, with five additional runners up receiving the Rockstar stamp of approval.

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Now, obviously the word Auto (short for automobile) is right there in the title, and Grand Theft Airplane, though allowing for the same acronym, just doesn't have the same cultural relevance. It lacks panache. But don't tell that to these player made jobs. They have panache and style for days.

Taken from the official Rockstar press release. The five finalists are:

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Dedalus - created by jjjpelo
"Easy," reads the one-word description for jjjpelo's long loop along the coastline, but in reality it's anything but. The Swift is the default choice of chopper, and its maneuverability and speed make it an excellent fit. If you're not too busy getting in the blades of your opponents, look out for great views across the city as you climb over the Land Act Dam.

Heli Low Fly Zone - created by LoneWolfOfNorth

The introduction of San Andreas Flight School to GTA Online has arguably increased the skill of local pilots, while at the same time encouraged greater recklessness. This creation from LoneWolfOfNorth features some of the most difficult low flying sections we have seen, to the point where we wondered if it could even be classed as flying. We think that this will be a Race that many players will come back to again and again, especially to try and beat the three-minute Lap challenge laid down in the description.

Dusk - created by GunterDaPenguin
GunterDaPenguin has made the city the star of this Besra Race, a north to south tour at a time of day (hence the title) when the world beneath your wings has a stunning amber glow. Not that it's advised to spend too long sightseeing - challenging sections weaving through wind turbines and knifing between skyscrapers should keep your attention on the stick.

Pylon Slalom - created by conororor
Conventional logic would suggest that spinning helicopter blades and overhead power cables are rarely a good mix - but conororor has disregarded this completely and created a fun aerial slalom between pylons in the Besra. Quick reactions and close control over your plane's rudders (L1/LB and R1/RB buttons) are a must.

Sprunk Air Race #1 - created by kapnkyle
This Mallard Stunt Race is as extreme as the benzene-packed drink from which it takes its name. Loops and tight turns in the skies above Vespucci Beach make for an entertaining test for the most able pilots. Non-Contact is selected by default and we recommend keeping it that way, unless mid-air collisions are your idea of a day at the beach.

And the Runners Up:

After School - created by KakoQR
The title couldn't me more fitting in this Air Race for San Andreas Flight School graduates looking to take the Besra Training Jet for an off-curriculum cruise. The route is varied, with sections under bridges and over the crest of a mountain, and we suggest keeping the time set to morning so you can enjoy the sunrise around Raton Canyon.

Chopper Bombing - created by passlake

This helicopter Race feels like a change from the norm right out of the gate, with players starting at the peak of Mt. Chiliad and immediately going into what is accurately described as a "near-suicidal descent", followed by a "treetop-trimming run through Paleto Bay".

Chopper Killer - created by Liwetha
Another challenging race in the Swift helicopter, with players starting out at the docks and working their way through downtown, squeezing between buildings and climbing to pass over the Maze Bank Tower.

SA Flight School: Racing - created by DemonicStalkerr
This Race is pitched as a chance to put everything you've learned at the San Andreas Flight School to the test, and this proclamation is backed up with a series of tight turns, low flying sections and tight squeezes along its short route. The varied verticality, with some checkpoints requiring you to climb steeply and others forcing you to dive down under bridges, made the Race stand out from the rest.

The Flyby - created by Vance Burrito

Another great, high speed Jet Race with good variation. Highlights include dangerously low flying sections over the rooftops of Chumash beach houses and under bridges as you skim the water in Lago Zancudo, which are separated by a highly technical number of tight turns around the tower of the Fort Zancudo Military Base.

All maps are available now for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, and will be available when the next gen versions hit next year.

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