IVAO IVAO Malta Division

Divisional Special Operations Department is not established

No SO events are planned. You may check events in other countries.

No SO events have been organised. You may check archive data for SO events organised before 01 December 2018.

Divisional Special Operations Letter of Agreement (LOA)


This LOA is outdated and may contain incorrect information. It is displayed for reference only. Updated LOA will be published on this page once divisional SOD is established again and LOA is reviewed. If needed, please contact Malta Division (MT) HQ and HQ–SOD for enquiries. Contact details are on the right.

The SO Regulations applies to SO flights in this country.

Special Operations Callsigns

In general, all military callsigns are approved from the IVAO Spec Ops list, we encourage users to use the AFM (Armed Forces of Malta) callsigns which are ASxxxx and on the frequency it's simply referred to as "Mission (last two digits of callsign)"

Traffic Seperation

Within the Malta UIR:

●  1000ft between RVSM approved aircraft
●  2000ft between:
●  Non-RVSM approved aircraft and any other aircraft operating within the RVSM airspace;
●  Formation flights of State Aircraft and any other aircraft operating within the RVSM airspace
●  An aircraft expereiceing a communications failure in flight and any other aircraft, when both are operating in RVSM airspace.
●  5NM horizontal radar separation, inside the Malta TMA and the airspace immediately above it
●  10NM horizontal radar separation, elsewhere
●  RVSM Separation procedures are applied starting from FL290.

Within the Malta FIR:
Separation procedures with those listed in ICAO DOC 4444 http://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Separation_Standards.

Speed Restrictions

Unless otherwise authorised by Malta ATC, there are no speed restrictions below FL100.

Special operations training areas/Cat B

The entire Malta FIR/UIR is open for Special Operations training areas, in some cases ATC may activate a NOTAM which opens up two Military Corridors on the eastern portion of the UIR.


Military ATC positions

No specific Military ATC exists in Malta, the majority is handled by normal ATC such as LMMM_CTR.

Military activity over the high-seas in the Maltese FIR

The extent of flight information service and the use of radar in Class G airspace are limited by radar coverage and radio communications limitations over high seas airspace. Malta ACC will attempt to identify aircraft and provide a radar flight information service. However, the identification procedure does not imply that a radar information service is being provided. Therefore, pilots operating in Class G airspace in radio and/or radar contact with Malta ACC should not always expect traffic information on other aircraft in Class G airspace. Pilots should also note that they are wholly responsible for maintaining separation from other aircraft whether or not the controller has passed traffic information.

Pilots operating in Class G airspace should also be aware that military activity over high-seas airspace by foreign military forces is not always known or notified to Malta ACC.

Foreign military forces may decide to conduct military activity over the high-seas within the lateral limits of the Malta FIR/UIR, inside and/or outside controlled airspace. When these operations are coordinated with Malta ATS and information is available on the lateral and vertical limits, time of activity and status of these areas, Malta ATS will publish an appropriate NOTAM in coordination with the military authorities involved in this activity.

In case of military activity conducted over the high-seas under the provisions of ‘due regard’, Malta ATS will not publish any NOTAM. In such instances the military authorities planning such activity are responsible to comply with applicable ICAO provisions over the high seas and to ensure the safety of air navigation. Malta ATC will endeavour to provide traffic information to flights operating as General Air Traffic (GAT) under its control, in so far as practical, by means of a broadcast message transmitted on the sector concerned. The broadcast message will contain information based on intensity, general position and maximum operating levels of observed traffic on radar. However, Malta ATC may not always be in a position to monitor the unknown traffic and will therefore be unable to provide specific traffic information to single GAT flights. In the event of heavy military activity, Malta ATS may decide to re-route traffic and/or to issue ATFM regulations, as applicable.

Prohibited/Restricted/Danger Areas (Applies to all type of traffic)

Prohibited: NIL

Danger: NIL

LM-D1 "PEMBROKE HIGH" from SFC to 27000ft.
LM-D5 "MELITA" from SFC to 25000ft.
LM-D6 "PEMBROKE LOW" from SFC to 8800ft.

All three are only activated by NOTAM.

The LOA text presented above is the responsibility of IVAO Malta Division Special Operations Coordinator (SOC) and HQ–SOD can not guarantee it's accuracy. HQ–SOD only evaluates LOAs provided by divisional SOCs against some general common standards set by the SO Regulations.

IVAO Special Operations flights