IVAO Special Operations Department

SOD as HQ–Department is the supervising authority and regulator of Special Operations on the IVAO network. Special Operations are defined as all aviation flights and operations that fall outside the scope of ICAO and when operating under rules other than civil aviation rules.

Examples include military flights operating under military rules, firefighting, police operations, search and rescue operations, aerobatic flights & flying display, construction work, aerial photography, air ambulance, and other types of state and/or specailised and aerial works (this list is not exhaustive).

SO is an inherent part of IVAO, shaping its landscape and seamlessly integrating into civil air traffic, while at the same time performing specific tasks. Non–civil, special operations, and specialised traffic flights account to about 4% of all network traffic, subject to counting and classification methodology. Once every 7 minutes, statistically, somewhere on the IVAO network such a flight takes off, making it on average 6000 – 7000 movements per month worldwide.

IVAO members may perform a wide range of special operations, ranging from civil flying displays and humanitarian operations to military combat exercises. HQ–SOD strives to provide a mature and enjoyable environment with extra emphasis on learning. Unlike flight simulators and networks dedicated solely to military aviation, IVAO members experience a much more intergrated and fluid environment with civil aviation counterparts and military ATC. IVAO members perform daily SO flights across the network solo, in groups, and when participating in formal events.

HQ–SOD establishes network–wide regulatory framework of all SO–related matters, provides standards and documented procedures for SO operations, approves and supports the official SO events and tours, maintains a register of IVAO Special Operations Groups (SOGs), and facilitates strong international cooperation and community spirit among SO members.

What is IVAO?

The International Virtual Aviation Organisation (IVAO) is a dedicated, independent, free of charge, service to enthusiasts and individuals enjoying and participating in the flight simulation community worldwide. The International Virtual Aviation Organisation was founded in 1998 as a non–profit organization to supply high quality services to its users on demand. Providing the Flight Simulation community a highly realistic aviation environment, is IVAO's prime objective. This includes, a real–time system for online flying (as pilot) and controlling (as air traffic controller), databases with aviation information, and organizing training and online events.

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Divisional Special Operations

At the regional level special operations are represented by divisional SO departments.

Divisional SODs establish additional regional procedures (referred to as LOAs), organise events, exercises, and promote SO among division members. HQ–SOD oversees divisional SODs to ensure consistency of Special Operations across the network.

There are 28 divisional SODs across IVAO.


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