1) There are *a lot* of flying missions, so you might as well learn how to do it or you'll miss out on several missions
2) It is worth it just to play the Vertical Bird mission and fly the Hydra jet. I mean it is really worth it. That was the most fun I had in the whole game so far. The Hydra jet is BAD ASS once you learn to control the thrusters, easily the most fun aircraft of any of the GTA games. Use the cheat code to spawn one and play with it for a while before trying the mission.
Vertical Bird is a dogfight with you against 3 other jet fighters, heat seaking missiles, antimissile flares and then an air to surface attack on ships in the water. It is fun as HELL.
I know the flight school is a pain in the ass. Keep at it anyway. It's worth it. Remap the keys to something more useable than Rockstar's default and it'll be much easier. This is what works for me:
W = Up
S = Down
A = Look Left
D = Look Right
Numpad 7 = Left
Numpad 9 = Right
Numpad 1 = Hydra thrusters down
Numpad 3 = Hydra thrusters up
Numpad / = Steer Forward/Down
Numpad 8 = Steer Back/Up
Numpad 0 = Fire (Drops decoy flares in the Hydra)
Left CTRL = Secondary Fire (Fires missiles in the Hydra)
Space = Handbrake (Locks onto targets for missiles in the Hydra)
EDIT: Oops. forgot a few keys.
Edited by mikeswi, 14 June 2005 - 06:24 AM.