Special Operations Groups

SOGs are dedicated hobby organisations whose aim is to perform Special Operations flights, intending to simulate (recreate) operations of real world state operators (including military operators), aerial work operators, specialised operators, etc. (e.g. air forces, squadrons, SAR units, branches of state operators, aerial work operators, etc.), or to establish equivalent fictitious entities, or combinations of both. SOGs offer their members various tools to perform special operations under their flag; they are team–oriented environments, normally facilitating acquirement of new skills with emphasis on training and mastering their areas of expertise. SOGs frequently organise internal exercises & operations and participate in both divisional and international SO events.

HQ–SOD maintains a system of IVAO SOGs and oversees them.

It is not necessary to register a SOG to perform SO flights in a group on IVAO, however, the official SOGs operate under the chapter 7 of the SO Regulations allowing a wide range of operations and freedoms, some of which are not available to individual users performing SO flights on IVAO alone or in unregistered groups.

Ala 23 Virtual




IVAO Ala 23 Virtual special operations group

Ala 23 Virtual is one of the prominent and distinctive units of the Spanish Air Force. We are always dedicated to teaching and training tasks of Spanish fighter pilots, and are based at the Talavera la Real Air Base (Badajoz, LEBZ, Spain). Real-world Badajoz Air Base pilots stand out for their distinctive way of flying, as well as for their human qualities, and they are commonly known as the "Black Paws".

Armada Argentina Virtual




IVAO Armada Argentina Virtual special operations group

The Virtual Argentine Navy performs most of the flight operations carried out by real Argentine Navy’s Naval Aviation. Our mission is to bring attack, anti-submarine and exploration capabilities using carrier or land-based airplanes and helicopters, operating from carriers at sea and different coastal bases.

The Naval Aviation School (ESANv) provides basic and advanced instruction and training to the future naval pilots. Pilots have ranks according to their recorded flight hours, missions, and carrier operations. Internal communications include chat groups, web and social networks. Specific Naval Air Operations, Joint and Combined Operations with other Armed Forces, as well as humanitarian missions in case of natural disasters or emergencies are performed regularly. The Armada Argentina Virtual (ARAv) operates mostly the same airplanes as the real Navy does.

BeSOG Belux Special Operations Group




IVAO BeSOG Belux Special Operations Group special operations group

BeSOG is simulating all operations of the Belgian Defence Air Component, of the Belgian Federal Police, of the Luxemburgish police and medical flights. With an internal ranking and training structure, it is possible for everyone to enjoy realistic operations in the best possible environment. BeSOG is welcoming people from IVAO Belux region as well as foreign members. It is approved and managed by IVAO Belux SO staff.

Brazilian Virtual Air Force




IVAO Brazilian Virtual Air Force special operations group

Brazilian Virtual Air Force (FABv) was born in August 2002 to simulate the military operations of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in the virtual environment and to operationalize this simulated airspace control.

Since then, FABv has been developing and aggregate various types of flight simulators, always focused on military operations. Over the years, more than 300 cadets have graduated from AFAv and to this day compose our active officers.

EBRAD Spec Ops




IVAO EBRAD Spec Ops special operations group

EBRAD Spec Ops was created in 2009 with the aim of sharing flights and promoting Special Operations on the IVAO. We carry out all types of SO flights, but those that we can highlight are escort flights, SAR, transport (simulating humanitarian aid) and a lot of training with VFR and IFR navigation. Our commitment is to foster camaraderie, a friendly environment where we can all share experiences. Those who wish to join us are welcome and it will be a pleasure to be able to share pleasant moments with you crossing the virtual skies together.

Hellenic Air Force Virtual




IVAO Hellenic Air Force Virtual special operations group

Hellenic Air Force Virtual is the virtual air force that was created to simulate Hellenic Air Force.

Hellenic Air Force Virtual operates exclusively on the IVAO network and this is where all on-line flights take place and this is what our SOG is based around, this includes rules, ratings, trainings, exercises and missions. We perform group and individual flights, operating fighter aircraft types and helicopters.

We offer training programs run by real pilots, aiming to gradually train our members.

HGN Heli Group Netherlands



IVAO HGN Heli Group Netherlands special operations group

HGN (former Heli Group Netherlands) is a group of helicopter pilots performing special operations flights. Operations include: HEMS, Coastguard, Police, Inspection, Winching, Sea pilot transfer, military, formation or offshore. All flights are flown to/from or have a link with The Netherlands (for instance a Dutch operator operating in other countries). HGN has its own helicopter flight school on IVAO.

Sky Guard Indonesia




IVAO Sky Guard Indonesia special operations group

Sky Guard Indonesia group was created in 2015 as a virtual military group that simulate Military & Special Operations in Indonesia. We became the only group under the IVAO Indonesia directly under the command of the Indonesia Special Operations Coordinators. Various event coaching skills and special abilities became our priority to build this community, learning together to improve our skills and knowledge.

South African Virtual Air Force

South Africa



IVAO South African Virtual Air Force special operations group

The SAVAF comprises of a vibrant, professional group of Flight Sim pilots (some of them real life pilots) who share a passion for flying “beyond the envelope”. Imagine: one minute you are powering through the sky at Mach 1.5 at forty thousand feet in a SAAF Gripen fighter, and the next you are flying low level through the valleys and mountains at night in an Augusta A109 helicopter to rescue some hapless soul. The next moment would find yourself on approach for what would seem like an impossible landing on an aircraft carrier somewhere in the open seas!

The SAVAF, established in 2007 as a Military SOG operating separately but within the XZ IVAO Division, goes beyond the borders of mere General Aviation or Commercial “A to B” type of flying and ensures its members of many adrenalin filled hours of virtual flight. With more than twenty members, this SOG is very active, regularly taking part in all the XZ IVAO Division hosted events, as well as actively involving itself in International Special Operations events. Furthermore, the SAVAF hosts its very own “Special Ops” on line events every fortnight. It is in these events, which are specifically developed along with appropriate extra scenery, where the pilot who fits in with a military type discipline and who sees him or herself as a professional, will excel and enjoy.

Virtual Army Aviation




IVAO Virtual Army Aviation special operations group

Argentine Army Virtual has as its main objective to participate in the events carried out by the Argentinian division as well as preparation of its pilots for them. That is why Argentine Army Virtual has its own pilot school where members are prepared to fly military aircraft types, both fixed and rotary wing, also allowing them to establish bonds of friendship. Also, once they are ready, they begin to carry out different types of activities such as: civilian operations, providing humanitarian aid in the different territories, on the other hand, military-type activities such as transfer of troops in different theatres of operations, providing aerial coverage, support for ground troops, medical evacuations in combat, air assault and ground attack. All these activities are carried out with other divisions and special operations groups. It is our desire to continue contributing to the Argentina division.

Virtual Fighter School Italian Air Force Virtual




IVAO Virtual Fighter School Italian Air Force Virtual special operations group

Our school is based on Italian Air Force syllabus.You will fly from 70th wing with Italian SF-260 till your operational squadron challenging yourself to obtain all qualifications of a military pilot. Our main operational squadrons are 155th Squadron of 6th Wing equipped with Tornado and IXth Squadron of 4th Wing equipped with Eurofighter, both are supported by their Operational Conversion Units respectively 102nd Squadron of 6th Wing and XXth Squadron of 4th Wing. All operations are also backed by our Common squadron with C130J KC767 and many others

Virtual French Air Force




IVAO Virtual French Air Force special operations group

The virtual French Air Force is a SOG flying Microsoft Flight Simulator and Lockheed Martin P3D simulators. We are a group of friends, military aviation enthusiasts, among others, who fly in private network, on patrol, who carry out various missions on the national territory or abroad. Virtual French Air Force includes several departments: Air, Marine, ALAT and Civil Security, each with specific fleet closely following real-life fleet.

Virtual Government Flying Service

Hong Kong


IVAO Virtual Government Flying Service special operations group

Virtual Government Flying Service (VGFS) established on 1'st of July 2003 is a group of fellow flight simulator enthusiasts that enjoy simulating missions and various operations such as Search and Rescue in the Hong Kong SAR. We have found terrific enjoyment from trying to simulate the heroic and life-threatening jobs that real-world GFS does. Out of admiration and respect, we have tried to make this group as realistic as we can. This will become ultimately true with more members joining us!

We have both helicopter and fixed wing operations based in Chek Lap Kok; the main operation area covers the Hong Kong FIR and South China Sea. In addition to the normal training, our operations include Search & Rescue, Air Ambulance, Fire Fighting and other special tasks such as Sling loading, border patrol and VIP tours. We provide realistic sceneries and FSX missions for our members that make more fun. A local training airfield in Sek Kong and more than 20 landing sites were developed for Flight Simulator X in order to support our training and operations.

Virtual Ministry of Defence

United Kingdom



IVAO Virtual Ministry of Defence special operations group

We’re the home of military flight simulation in the United Kingdom and operate on the International Virtual Aviation Organisation (IVAO) both nationally and globally. We provide a truly exhilarating experience for all of our personnel be that at home or on operation as we partner with fellow Special Operation Groups spanning across the world participating daily in events such as the interception of a Russian TU-95 Bear approaching UK airspace, the use of the Chinook HC4/6 for a humanitarian project in Indonesia or simply providing a presence at one of the many airshows the Organisation is welcomed to.

Virtual United States Air Force

United States



IVAO Virtual United States Air Force special operations group

The principal activities of Virtual United States Air Force (vUSAF) are based on the operations of the real United States Air Force in both AFRC and Active duty. We simulate the following operations and provide training for: combat manoeuvres on fighter jets, cargo flight and personnel transport, weather reconnaissance, airborne command and control, search and rescue operations, and aerial refuelling.

IVAO Special Operations flights