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Platform : Playstation 2 (Japanese version)


written by wellgert

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Table of contents

1) Introduction

2) Controls and how to play


--Introduction mission--

3) Lessons missions

Lesson mission 1 : Take off and landing

Lesson mission 2 : Altitude

Lesson mission 3 : Side flight

Lesson mission 4 : Correction and rings 1

Lesson mission 5 : Correction and rings 2

Lesson mission 6 : Autorotation

4) Trial missions

Trial mission 1 : The rings

Trial mission 2 : Helitaxi

Trial mission 3 : Police

Trial mission 4 : Winch

Trial mission 5 : Drop

Trial mission 6 : Balloons

5) Rescue missions

Rescue mission 1 : Crash in the snow mountains

Rescue mission 2 : War times

Rescue mission 3 : Hotel on fire

Rescue mission 4 : River fury

Rescue mission 5 : The tornado

Rescue mission 6 : The volcano

6) Outro

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information


1) Introduction

This FAQ aim to help the non-Japanese player who can have some problems playing

missions without understanding the briefing.

2) Controls and how to play


Right analog stick :

up/down : go forward/go backward

right/left : strafe right/strafe left

Left analog stick :

right/left : turn right/turn left

up/down : not used

Select : change the appearance of the indicators

Start : pause (allow you to end the mission)

Square : target view

Triangle : internal view

Circle : external view (close)

Cross : external view (far)

L1 : increase collective (go up)

L2 : decrease collective (go down)

R2 : change task

R1 : select task during change, active task when already selected

What you see on the flight screen (after the introduction mission)

On the top of screen, you can see the compass who show you direction you are

heading. This diagram explain you the signification of the numbers.




West 270_____|_____90 East





You have the radar on the right too. Under the radar, you have the wind speed.

And again under, you can have some informations which vary with the mission. In

the rescue missions, it's the number of people you still have to save and maybe

the number of injured people (I'm not sure). In the trial missions, it can be

point you have marked until now.

Under that (still on the right of the screen), you have a diagram who show you

the number of passengers that your chopper is currently carrying.

Under the diagram, you can see the current task like the winch (BOB), the fire

hose (WATER), the radio (of course useless if you do not understand

japanese), etc...

The time (limited or not) of the mission is visible too.

Just on the left, you can see the fuel gauge.

On the left, you can see your speed (SPD) in knots, your altitude (ALT) in feet,

and your rate of climb (VSI, when this number is negative, that means your

are going down). The gauge indicate your collective. BAL stand for "balance" and

indicate the heel (incline) of the chopper. The number P indicate the

front/rear balance and the number H indicate the right/left balance.

Often I will refer to a person to rescue as "him" or "her". That simply

signifies I have noticed if the person is a man or a women during the mission.

This game is sharp, isn't it ?

Please note I will refer to "helicopter" as well as "chopper". The two words

design the same thing.

Introduction mission.

Simply fly heading for the target and, when you reach it, press R1 to use the

winch and rescue the survivors.

3) Lessons missions

Lesson mission 1 : Take off and landing

In this mission you simply have to take off, fly through the rings and finally


Lesson mission 2 : Altitude

This mission ask you to fly at specified altitudes.

First, you have to fly at 1000 feet during 3 seconds. The game will count the

seconds only if you maintain your altitude, so be sharp.

Second, you have to fly at 50 kts during 3 seconds. Push carefully the stick to

get the right speed.

Third, you have to fly at 0 kts during 3 seconds. Simply don't touch nothing,

and it will be done.

Fourth, you have to head for 240 during 3 seconds. Use the left analog


to do it. You must see 240 at the top of the screen.

Fifth, you have to head the cap 0 during 3 seconds.

Sixth, you have to head for 120 and fly at 50 kts during 3 seconds.

Seventh, you have to head for 310 and fly at 50kts during 3 second, and the

lesson will be over.

Lesson mission 3 : Side flight.

This lesson ask you to pass through four rings heading for a specified

direction. Here is the direction for each ring :

Ring 1 heading 000

Ring 2 heading 000

Ring 3 heading 000

Ring 4 heading 000

Ring 1 heading 090

Ring 2 heading 180

Ring 3 heading 270

Ring 4 heading 000

End of lesson

Lesson mission 4 : Correction and rings 1

This lesson simply ask you to fly through some rings, but you have to correct

your heading constantly with the right analog stick.

Lesson mission 5 : Correction and rings 2

This mission ask you to do the same thing than lesson 3, but correcting

constantly your heading like in the lesson 4 (and like in the rest of the game).

Here is the direction you have to head for each ring :

Ring 1 heading 000

Ring 2 heading 270

Ring 3 heading 000

Ring 4 heading 090

Ring 5 heading 000

Landing heading 270

Lesson mission 6 : Autorotation

An autorotation is a maneuver a chopper pilot do to land when the

helicopter engine is broken.

To do it, you have to reduce the collective to zero and push up the right analog

stick to gain some speed in the fall. When you arrive just above your landing

zone, push down the right analog stick firmly to stop your fall and land slowly.

4) Trial missions

Trial mission 1 : The rings

You simply have to pass through 50 rings in 3 minutes (an orange ring count for

10 normal rings). Sometimes you can choose your way. I recommend you to buy the

cheap but agile and quick OH-6D chopper to complete that mission easily.

Trial mission 2 : Helitaxi

Do you remember Crazy taxi ? That mission is basically the same thing with an

helicopter. Land on any target, embark the passenger, carry him to the point the

game indicate, and when he has disembarked, take off and go to embark an other

man at an other target. That mission cannot be completed with the little

(and slow) 300CB chopper. I recommend you to use the OH-6D. You have to carry 4

people before you run out of time.

Trial mission 3 : Police

You have to light a car that the police try to stop. It's not easy. Use the

OH-6D chopper (it's the most agile of your choppers). You have to light

the car until the counter on the left of the screen (just under "score")

display more than 35% to complete the mission.

Trial mission 4 : Winch

Although it's not obvious in that mission, you will train you to use the winch.

You have to pass the "ball" you are carrying through 8 rings at least. That's

not easy, but all the helicopters can do it... Personally I prefer the little


Trial mission 5 : Drop

You have to drop some balls on several targets. You must be over 500 feet

(altitude) to be authorized to drop. And you earn more points (10) if the ball

hit the center of the target. You must earn 20 points or more to complete the

mission. The chopper for that mission is definitely the CH-47J (the most

stable). With the CH-47J, the mission is a piece of cake. Without, it's a


Trial mission 6 : Balloons

You have to crush at least 35 balloons with your rotor (just touch them). The

300CB chopper is too slow to accomplish the mission, I think any other

helicopter will do it.

5) Rescue missions

Rescue mission 1 : Crash in the snow mountains

Briefing : A plane has crashed in the mountains. Your mission is to find the

crash site, rescue the two passengers and carry them to the hospital. A recon

plane will help you to locate the crash site.

Good luck.

This first rescue mission is pretty simple. Take off and head for the north

(heading 000).  You will pass the ridge of the first mountains chain, then a

valley (where there are two road and a river) then finally arrive above the

mountain where the crash site is. The recon plane will show you the crash site.

If you don't see it, simply fly over the mountain (probably toward West,

heading 270) until you see the markers of the two targets. You can land to

rescue the man who call you, but you have to use the winch to get the second man

who is wounded. When your two passengers are on board, head for the cap 230. You

will see some rings like at the training. Pass through them and land on the roof

of the hospital.

Mission complete.

Rescue mission 2 : War times

Briefing : In a combat area, some civilians need to be supplied. They are

located in the brown rectangle. Your mission is to drop some supplies to them

(you have to embark the supplies in a camp first). The zone delimited in green

is under SAM (Surface to Air Missile) surveillance. Any aircraft or helicopter

flying in that area will be shot down... however, that's exactly you will have

to do... Fly low to not be discovered.

IF YOU ARE SPOTTED BY A SAM, don't panic, simply go down and hide you behind the

relief or in the hole.

IF THE SAM FIRE A MISSILE, try to hide in a hole of the relief. If you are in an

open space, try to locate the missile and move to escape him (it can be done).

The recon plane will help you to spot the targets.

Good luck.

Take off and head for cap 170. You will see a little camp. Land and the supplies

will be loaded. Take off and head for cap 310. Pass the river and the targets

(and the lake) should begin to appear.

One is at the East of the lake. An other target is at the North of the lake. An

other is just on the north lakeside. You have a fourth target at the East of the

lake and the fifth is at the far West of the map. I think I don't forget

anything, but anyway, the targets are easy to find.

To parachute the supply in, select "DROP" with R2 and drop with R1, just like in

the trial mission 5. This time, you must fly higher than 900 feet (altitude) to

be authorized to drop your supply. You will probably be discovered by the SAM

flying so high, so do your job quickly. After you have visited all the targets,

return to land to your rescue ship at the East.

Mission complete

Rescue mission 3 : Hotel on fire

Briefing : You have seen the title : a great hotel of the coast is on fire. Your

mission is to rescue the survivors and extinguish all the fires.

Take off, the hotel is just in front of you. Select the fire hose (R2 to select

WATER then R1 to "fire" the water) and go to extinguish all the flames you can

see on the hotel (especially then you see a target with). If you see a person in

danger (red), go to extinguish his fire in priority. DO NOT TRY TO winch THEM.

Just extinguish all the fires. When his fire is extinguished, the person will go

to the roof of the hotel and will wait for evacuation. When you will have

extinguished all the fires, you will be able to land quietly on the roof and

carry the survivors to the landing zone on the beach. When you will have embark

all the survivors, you will have to pass through some rings before your final


Mission complete.

Rescue mission 4 : River fury

Briefing : A river is flooding a village. You have to rescue the survivors

before they drown. A recon commando of three dogs will help you to spot the

targets. As you can see, these dogs are professionals and work alone.

Good luck.

Take off and head for the cap 140, you should see the village quickly. The

targets will appear, most of them appear randomly. You often have to wait they

are in water before being able to get them with the winch. You can drop them

some lifebelts (useful if your chopper is full and you have to disembark

passenger at the landing zone before). After you have rescue all people, the

music change and you will have to pass through some rings before you land.

Mission complete.

Rescue mission 5 : The tornado

Briefing : A tornado threats several farms and a zeppelin in difficulty. You


to evacuate the farmers and zeppelin passengers before the tornado destroy


Good luck.

Nothing really difficult here. Take off and head for the first farm (cap 320).

Land (or use the winch), get the farmer and head for the second farm (cap 070).

Land and take the two farmers on board (or use the winch but I don't think you

have enough time to play with Bob). Head for the third farm (cap 000). The

farmer is near his car on the road near his farm as you can see. After got him,

head for the heliport (cap 310) to disembark your passengers (your helicopter

can not carry more people and you have still people of the Zeppelin to rescue).

When your passengers have disembarked, take off and head for the zeppelin (cap

190). You have to winch people when they go on the "roof" of the zeppelin. There

are 4 people to rescue. When you have done it, head for your base

(approximately cap 180, because the zeppelin is moving), pass through the rings

and land.

Mission complete.

Rescue mission 6 : the volcano

A volcano has suddenly become active. Your mission is to rescue the survivors

who has not yet evacuated. As you can see, the ashes have cover the city, and

the visibility is reduced. The "dogs recon commando" will help you to spot

the persons to evacuate. You could have to extinguish some fire before rescue

some people.

Good luck.


#                                         start                  #

#                                                                #

#                  volcano                    3                  #

#                         A                                      #

#[-----------------------------------------------------------]   #

#[                         1,2___  ____                      ]   #

#[                  4              B            |            ]   #

#[                                      D       |            ]   #

#[                                        C___5_|____________]   #

#[                                             E|            ]   #

#[       F,G                                    |            ]   #

#[                                  H_____________I___J______]   #

#[-----------------------------------------------------------]   #

#                            K                                   #

#              Rescue ship                                       #


###### : limits of the map

___  and | : roads

-------- and [ ] : theoretical limits of the zone where you must search


(shown in the briefing).

First of all, the numbers indicate people who are ever present in the

mission and the letters show the position of people who appear randomly in the

mission. To complete the mission, you have to rescue ALL the persons you

detect, but I prefer to tell you that you probably have to rescue the

"numbers" in priority. You must rescue people in danger (red) in priority

too, but if I could give you a counsel, finish to rescue the person you are

dealing with before to go to an other person in danger whom the game have just

noticed you. Your CH-53 helicopter can carry until height passengers, all of


must be carried to the rescue ship in the south.

I will explain now the best method I've found to finish this mission.

First, take off and fly to the mountain road I have note on the map (near 1,2).

You can see that this road has been cut off, probably by a lava flow. Fly until

the extreme end of the road and land on it (in the axe of the road, heading

270), just before the cars which block the way. You will see two persons coming


this is 1 and 2. If you have landed like I say, they should go aboard the

chopper. If they don't, try to land closer them. You can of course use Bob and

the winch to get them but personally I think it's more simple (and quick) to

land and leave the person come to you.

During that operation, the game may notice you that the person 3 is now in

danger. I have not found how to rescue that person before she is in danger (she

stay in her car until that time). That's why I prefer to go to rescue 1 and 2

before her. person 3 is hanging in a fissure (crack) in a valley at the West of

the volcano. You have to use Bob and the winch to rescue that person (yeah, I

hate the winch, just the winch and not Bob who is a hero...).

Now, the real problems begin : people 4 and 5 must be rescued BEFORE to be

marked in danger. I do not found how to rescue them when they are in danger. If

you know how to proceed, any explanation are welcome.

Immediately after rescued person 3, go to the fissure at 4 and wait for the

person 4. He should appear in the north of the fissure. If the game notice you a

other person in danger, go to rescue this person and return immediately after to

4. An other thing : DO NOT land before person 4 arrive, you risk to be hit by

the volcanic ash (ejecta) (yeah, "it" almost aim at you when you don't fly,

naughty...). You can land or use the winch to get person 4 then he arrive. If


miss person 4, he will finally fall in the fissure, where you ca

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