Way to unlock: You need to complete Main mission 57 (Hang Ten). You can now visit the strip club seized by Trevor (letter T on the world map).
Playable characters: Trevor, Michael
Additional information: This mission presents the preliminary preparations for another major heist. You do not need to get prepared in any particular way for this mission, nor save the game, because you will not need to take any decision after the reconnaissance ends. This does not mean, though, that this mission is linear in its course - at specific moments you will be able to decide whether you want to play as Michael or Trevor.
Start by paying a visit to the strip club and going to the office at the back of the club, thanks to which you will watch a longer cutscene. After you cut to Michael, get into your car, wait for Franklin to join you and drive towards the bank. You can now choose if you still want to control Michael, or maybe cut to Trevor. Personally, I recommend that you choose variant one , because right after the reconnaissance, playing as Michael, the game will make the switch anyways. You need now to examine the bank's main entrance (press and hold down the cinematic camera button) and then, the gate located at the back of the building.
After you cut to Trevor, go towards the airport in Sandy Shores. The important piece of information is that the game will start a stopwatch and you cannot afford too much time, because you will have to perform al of the preliminary activities before 15:30. After you reach the airport, get into the chopper (Frogger), wait for Lester to join you and fly Southwards, towards the Murrieta Heights district.
The aim to this flight is to find the convoy moving around the Murietta Heights, consisting of two armored vans. Regardless of the time in which you have got here, the stopwatch will disappear and you will start following the vans. Above all, remember that you should not fly too close to the convoy, which may not only cause you to fail the mission, but also to lose the chance to complete it in 100%.
While following the trucks, it pays off to switch to the cinematic camera on a regular basis, which will show you the view from Lester's camera. It is, all in all, a good idea because using this view, will make it easier to fly the chopper in a straight line. Along your way, look out for bridges and fly underneath, at least, one of them. Try not to lose the visuals of the vans, because you will not be able to spot them on your radar but, at the same time, do not exaggerate with following them too closely, especially that they will be making frequent stops for, e.g. traffic lights.
Towards the end of this phase, the vans will drive into a tunnel and, if you are planning on completing this mission in 100%, you need to fly into that tunnel also (the above screenshot). During the flight along the tunnel, perform slight movements with the analog stick in the attempt not to collide with the walls too often, which would result in the destruction of the chopper. The vans will soon enter a garage, which means an end to following them.
Without waiting for Lester's instructions, fly behind the bank building right after you regain control over the chopper, and hover above the construction site shown in the screenshot. Allow Lester a careful look at the area.
Towards the end of the mission, you need to decide who you want to finish the mission as - a choice that is not going to have any bearing on how the mission ends. If you still want to play as Trevor, you will have to return to the airport with Lester. If you cut to Michael, you will have to take Franklin back to his estate in the Vinewood Hills.
Rewards for the completion of the mission: none
Requirements for the completion of the mission in 100%:
- Perfect Distance - you cannot visibly near the armored vans while piloting the helicopter. You should pay attention to moments at which they stop for traffic lights and when you lose them off your sight for a moment.
- Cavity Search - you need to find the construction site within 20 seconds of the moment at which you receive instructions from Lester. It is best to hover over the construction site right after you regain control over the chopper.
- Under the Bridge - You need to fly under one of the bridges, while following the vans, using the chopper.
- Tunnel Flight - you need to fly along the tunnel, while following the vans, using the chopper.
- Time - you need to complete the mission within 11 minutes. Take all of the longer trips without taking too long stops, and by keeping a steady, high, speed.