IVAO IVAO United Kingdom and Ireland MCD Division

Consists of United Kingdom, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, and Jersey

Divisional Special Operations Department is active

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

RAF Marham Fly In

United Kingdom and Ireland MCD Division

United Kingdom

27 October, 2019    16:00Z

Fly In


IVAO RAF Marham Fly In special operations event

This year RAF Marham (EGYM) enters a new chapter in it’s history, saying
goodbye to the Panavia Tornado after 40 years of service and welcoming the
new Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II. As the second Lightning II Squadron is
stood up the station is a hive of activity with aircraft movements on both training
and operational sorties.

The airfield is around 10nm from the coast in the South East of the United
Kingdom. It’s close proximity to both military t...


Tucano Farwell

United Kingdom and Ireland MCD Division

United Kingdom

02 November, 2019    15:00Z



IVAO Tucano Farwell special operations event

This year sees the Royal Air Force retire their Shorts Tucano T1, from service. The Shorts Tucano entered service in June 1988 and was used to provide basic fast jet training for Royal Air force and Royal Navy pilots, teaching them the fundamental skills they will require to become fighter pilots. The current home of the Shorts Tucano is North Yorkshire at RAF Linton-on-Ouse with 72 (R) squadron. However, with the introduction of the United Kingdoms, Military Flying Training System, the Tucano T...


Exercise Blackdog

United Kingdom and Ireland MCD Division

United Kingdom

17 May, 2020    12:00Z



IVAO Exercise Blackdog special operations event

Quick Reaction Alert (QRA), A state of readiness that many air forces around the world maintain, allowing them to respond to any possible air threat within their area of responsibility. But with current safety levels of modern aviation, means that QRA pilots are commonly scrambling to unresponsive aircraft or aircraft in distress. The UK currently operates 2 QRA bases, RAF Coningsby to the south and RAF Lossiemouth to the north.

The United Kingdom and Ireland, Special operations depart...


Fairford Airshow

United Kingdom and Ireland MCD Division

United Kingdom

01 August, 2020    12:00Z



IVAO Fairford Airshow special operations event

Every year the largest military Airshow in the world is held at RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom, with both civil and military aircraft showing their prowess in the skies above Gloucestershire.

Therefore, the United Kingdom and Irelands Special Operations Department would like to invite you to the “Fairford Airshow”. Come and display solo, in a formation or even park your aircraft on static display and enjoy the shows throughout the day. All aircraft are welcome, so come a...


RAF Valley Real Operations

United Kingdom and Ireland MCD Division

United Kingdom

31 January, 2021    14:00Z

SAR, Low Level, Cargo Transport, Fighter Manoeuvre


IVAO RAF Valley Real Operations special operations event

Royal Air force station Valley (RAF Valley) is one of the busiest military airfields in the UK with both the initial and advanced fast jet training taking place here. Also due to its location RAF valley regularly plays host to visiting aircraft from both the RAF and allied air forces. Because of this, various types of missions operate to and from RAF Valley, we would like you to get a taste of the sorts of operations that are undertaken at RAF Valley.

Therefore the United Kingdom and Ir...


Operation Crowed Skies 21


United Kingdom

04 December, 2021    18:00Z

Fly in


IVAO Operation Crowed Skies 21 special operations event

Special Operations HQ invites you to Operation Crowded Skies, part of the network-wide Crowded Skies event. This year we invite the SO community to bring their SO aircraft to the United Kingdom, to either RAF Coningsby (EGXC) or RAF Waddington (EGWX). As the network aims to break records this year, we want the SO community to be involved; therefore, we invite you to depart or arrive to at least one of the airfields and be airborne during the peak.
Both airfields will be open 1800z-2000z allo...


You may check archive data for SO events organised before 01 December 2018.

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.

Divisional Special Operations Order

Divisional Special Operations Order (SO Order) is a mechanism by which information of a lasting and mandatory character relating to SO matters of a particular IVAO division is made available to IVAO users. Compliance with divisional SO Order is mandatory when operating within the concerned division. SO Order is prepared by divisional authorities.

Refer to IVAO SO Regulations for network SO rules.

Divisional SO Order (Effective 15 June, 2022)

IVAO Special Operations flights