RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter Command

RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter Command and Variables

The RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter, introduced on 9/5/2019 in the Transport Helicopter Update, is the sixth aircraft to be added to the game. It’s also the third aircraft to be officially pilot-able by players and the first to allow for transporting non-character objects, such as the Rowboat.

The primary feature of the Scrap Transport Helicopter is its ability to move multiple players through the air in its open cargo bay. Similar to the Hot Air Balloon, the rear cargo bay doesn’t require players to be mounted to fly inside of it.

The Scrap Transport Helicopters can be found randomly around the map, similar to the Hot Air Balloons. This is controlled by a server variable that allows server admins to increase, reduce, or remove the spawn population.

Practical reasons for using the RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter

  • The Scrap Transport Helicopter allows players to view the map from high above
  • Use as a location device, similar to a bat signal for players not in your party
  • Air raids, evacuations, and surveillance on enemy bases
  • The potential future for this becoming a vessel that can be used when transitioning to a different server
  • Admins can spawn the Scrap Transport Helicopter into the game for custom events
  • Adds additional interactions for players to use and be creative with
  • Provide another means for transportation in the game beyond running, walking, boating and swimming
  • Provides an alternative approach for water-based monument events

Scrap Transport Helicopter’s Appearance

Much like the minicopter, the RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter is pieced together primarily out of sheet metal scraps and two-by-fours. The cockpit seats for both the pilot and co-pilot appear to be made out of steel and are each welded to the floor by a central pillar.

In the rear of the aircraft is an open cargo bay with a small ramp. On the roof is a red light, which is controlled by the pilot when toggling the aircraft’s spotlight, located on the bottom of the aircraft directly under the pilot. The cargo bay walls are open at chest level, allowing players to see and shoot out of the aircraft. If players are not careful, they can fall or jump out of the rear loading ramp.

The helicopter’s main rotor blades look to be made from a red and white railroad crossing gate. The rear rotor blades, which are silver and yellow, are also made from a  crossing gate. Under the main rotor is a long aluminum exhaust system, though there is no visual available on the exhaust itself.

On the sides of the aircraft are two identical red fuel tanks, each with the word “Fuel” scribbled across them in white paint and with a black rubber hose leading out of the back, which runs up along the side of the aircraft to the engine above.

Below you can view an interactive 3D model by the artist Thomas Butters, a 3D designer at Facepunch Studios.

Screenshots of the Scrap Transport Helicopter

Human Carrying Capacity

There are two seats located in the cockpit, which require the players to be mounted to the aircraft. The left chair is designated as the primary pilot seat while the second seat is for the co-pilot. Currently, the second seat does not allow for any control of the aircraft; however, the co-pilot can wield and use inventory items while in flight.

In the cargo bay, up to twelve players can comfortably fit, while more than 20 players can creatively cram themselves in. Also, important to note, players in the cargo bay cannot mount the pilot or co-pilot seats; this requires being outside the aircraft.

Health, Decay & Repair

RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter HealthThe Scrap Transport Helicopter’s health defaults to 1000 points. The current health of the Scrap Transport Helicopter can be seen when actively sitting in either of the aircraft’s seats. The health meter can be located just above the player’s health meter, in the lower right of the screen.

The Scrap Transport Helicopter takes up to 3 hours before it decays and ultimately blows up. This occurs regardless if it housed properly or not, similar to the minicopter. No server variable exists yet to control the decay rate of the Scrap Transport Helicopters.

Damage done to Scrap Transport Helicopters can be repaired using a wooden hammer and metal fragments. Each hit with the hammer will heal 50 damage and consume 38 metal fragments. This will lower as less damage is available to repair.

As the Scrap Transport Helicopter takes damage, different portions of the helicopter will appear to smoke or catch on fire. Around  70% of the rear rotor will begin to smoke, and at 65% it will catch on fire. At 50% damage, the main rotor will begin to smoke and at 35% it will catch on fire. Ultimately, when crashing or being blown up, it will continue to burn as a scrap heap for about 5 minutes.

Aircraft Operation & Fuel Storage

The Scrap Transport Helicopter’s controls are nearly identical to the existing minicopter aircraft.

To fly the Scrap Transport Helicopter, first, add low-grade fuel to the gas tanks located on either side of the aircraft. It can hold up to 500 low-grade fuel, and both tanks are treated as one. The Scrap Transport Helicopter can stay a flight for the better part of 18 minutes while burning nearly 30 low-grade fuel a minute.

Next, mount the left pilot’s chair and press and hold the W key. Pressing this key will turn the Scrap Transport’s engine on and will engage the engine and rotors. There isn’t a mechanism to disengage specifically, but it will shut off automatically if a player exits the left pilot’s chair by pressing the spacebar key.

To control the Scrap Transport Helicopter:

  • Use the W & S keys to control the engine’s speed
  • Use the A & D keys to control the yaw (left and right directions)
  • Use the mouse to control the pitch (elevation)
  • Use the CTRL key to control the aircraft on the ground
  • Use the F key to turn on the spotlight and overhead light

Inside the cockpit, pilots have four functional flight instruments to help operate the Scrap Transport Helicopter.

  • Fuel Gauge – allows pilots to view the current status of the fuel tank, which consumes low-grade fuel and cannot be accessed mid-flight.
  • Heading Indicator – allows pilots to view the current direction the aircraft is pointing.
  • Airspeed Indicator –  allows pilots to view the current speed of the aircraft.
  • Attitude Indicator – allows pilots to view the current altitude of the aircraft.

Who can enter the RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter command

The RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter command can be issued and configured on vanilla RUST servers by RUST admins and moderators only.  Non-admin players on vanilla RUST servers cannot use the RUST Scrap Transport Helicopter command and variables but will be able to find the Scrap Transport Helicopters scattered across the map on vanilla servers.

RUST scraptransporthelicopter command (1 of 1)

  • This command is used to manually spawn a pilot-able Scrap Transport Helicopter into the game
  • When issuing this command, the initiating player must be above the ground and not clipped in a wall or geography
  • The mouse cursor needs to be pointed in the exact location of where the Scrap Transport Helicopter will spawn
  • The Scrap Transport Helicopter can be removed using the ent kill command

Note that this RUST admin command does not work from RCON platforms and does require being logged into the game server.

Use the command below to spawn a single Scrap Transport Helicopter:

spawn scraptransporthelicopter

On success the console will display:

spawned scraptransporthelicopter[199554] at (111.0, 0.1, 124.9)

Related Scrap Transport Helicopter Variables

VariableDefault ValueDescription
scraptransporthelicopter.population0.33Population active on the server.
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