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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

DayZ - How to fix a helicopter, the easy way

If you've been playing DayZ for while now, you're probably keen to get your hands on a helicopter. It seems like a pretty daunting task as there's a huge number of parts you need. You need several panes of windscreen glass, scrap metal, a rotor assembly and about thirty(!) jerry cans of fuel. So when you find a helicopter, how on earth can you get all that stuff to the chopper before some toolboy pops up and shoots you in the head?

DayZ crashed helicopter
It was like that when I got here. Honest.
The first problem you have is actually finding a helicopter. It seems that some servers don't spawn vehicles, no matter what, due to some kind of bug. But if you can get on a server where vehicles do spawn, you can possibly find them in some of the locations listed on the wiki. Vehicles don't necessarily spawn at all those locations all the time, but you've maybe got a better chance of finding them there than just wandering around hoping to bump into one.

DayZ wrecked helicopter

There are two helicopter types that can be found and only one of them is fixable. Check the rotor blades. The grey helicopter in the picture above has bent rotors and can never be fixed. You need the green kind with intact rotor blades.

I found this video, made by a Cockney* zombie that explains the easy way of fixing a helicopter. You can actually fix a chopper with only a few parts that can all fit in a single backpack. This method won't restore a helicopter to full showroom condition, but it will get it patched up enough for you to fly it out of there to a safer location where you can then take your time completing it.

* Zombie only sounds Cockney if you're from America or have a serious head injury


  1. Cam (A.K.A TwistedEthernet)7 July 2012 at 06:12

    Ouch, I'm from America and that didn't sound Cockney at all! Although the fact that you have the English accent makes me jealous. Also, I'm Scottish and have distant family living in Wales. Yeah!!! Btw, how is England doing right now in terms of stability? America is going down the shitter.

  2. BUT, however, if you find that crashed helicopter with fucked up blades, there are rare weapon drops by it so you want to go there!