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Arma 3 helicopter controls – how to fly

Get to the choppa!
A helicopter landing and two soldier running from it.
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Though Arma 3 has been flexing its military sim prowess for the better part of a decade at this point, to this day players are still having issues getting their helicopters off of the ground. And that’s not to say it’s easy, as helicopters can be extremely difficult to fly in Arma 3. But have no worries, as we can help with that! Here’s a full breakdown of helicopter controls in Arma 3 as well as how to fly!

Arma 3 helicopter controls – how to fly

To begin, you’ll want to locate a helicopter. Any size will do. Walk up to it and get inside. Once there, scroll your mouse wheel to “Take Controls” and Left-Click and then again to “Engine On” with a Left-Click. From there, you’ll be able to begin flying. When starting out, be sure to keep “Auto Hover” on so that you don’t crash as easily.

You can use the mouse to turn your camera and the helicopter, as well as use the WASD keys to adjust the pitch or turn the helicopter. Each chopper is different so feel free to test them out in the Virtual Arsenal until you become comfortable with flying them yourself.

All controls in Arma 3 are to be reassigned, so if you find the default scheme to be awkward, be sure to adjust them how you like.


Helicopter Movement

  • Cyclic Forward – W, Up, Mouse Down
  • Cyclic Backward – S, Down, Mouse Up
  • Cyclic Left – A, Left
  • Cyclic Right – D, Right
  • Collective Raise – D, Right
  • Collective Lower – Z
  • Left Pedal – Q, Delete
  • Right Pedal – E, End
  • Left Turn – Mouse Left
  • Right Turn – Mouse Right
  • Auto-Hover On – X
  • Auto-Hover Off – X
  • Gear Down – G
  • Gear Up – G
  • Collective Raise – Analog
  • Collective Lower – Analog
  • Wheel Brake Hold/Release – Right Ctrl + W
  • Manual Trim Set – Right Ctrl + 5
  • Manual Trim Release – Right Ctrl + .
  • Manual Trim Left – Right Ctrl + 4
  • Manual Trim Right – Right Ctrl + 6
  • Manual Trim Forward – Right Ctrl + 8
  • Manual Trim Backward – Right Ctrl + 2
  • Manual Trim Pedals Left – Right Ctrl + 1
  • Manual Trim Pedals Right – Right Ctrl + 3
  • Roper Interaction – B
  • Sling Load Assistant – Right Ctrl + B

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  • X Axis
  • Y Axis


  • Invert Y Axis
  • Acceleration
  • Smoothing


  • Customizable Controllers
  • Controllers With Scheme

Well, that’s everything you really need to know about helicopter controls in Arma 3 and how to fly! Be sure to check out some of our other helpful guides too, such as “ARMA Reforger: Every Game Mode Explained”. And feel free to like Gamer Journalist on Facebook as well in order to be kept in the loop of all major gaming content!

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