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BeSOG Belux Special Operations Group

Belgium

http://xb.ivao.aero/specialops/aboutbesog

BAF

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.



Divisional Special Operations Letter of Agreement (LOA)

LOA EFFECTIVE DATE 07 September, 2017


This LOA is outdated and may contain incorrect information; this LOA will be reviewed by the BELUX Region Division (XB) Special Operations Coordinator (SOC) shortly. It is displayed for reference only. Updated LOA will be published on this page as soon as XB SOC reviews it. Meanwhile, if needed, please contact XB SOC for enquiries. Contact details are on the right.


BESOCA

BeSOCA stands for “Belux Special Operations Cooperation Agreement”. It’s an agreement between our division and another division, a SOG or an individual, on a short or long term basis, which permits to operate beyond the scope of the normal procedures.

Belux Region Special Operations Department considers two kinds of special operations:

●  Operations handled by Belux Division SO department, any SOG recognized and approved by Belux SO department, or any organisation operating under the terms of a BeSOCA. We will call them “Approved Operations” in this document.

●  Operations handled by other divisions/organisations/individuals without BeSOCA or beyond what the BeSOCA covers. We will call them “Freelance Operations” in this document.

OAT & GAT

OAT (Operational Air Traffic) concerns all flights operated under special operations rules (military procedures). GAT (General Air Traffic) concerns all flights operated under normal civil procedures.

GAT is subject to ATC ops and Flight Ops rules, thus are not taken into account in this document.

SEPARATION AND CONTACT WITH ATC

      FOR APPROVED OPERATIONS

OAT can be executed anywhere above Belgium and Luxembourg.

Some restrictions apply:

●  If Belga Radar military ACC is online (EBSZ_MIL_CTR), OAT must remain all the time on Belga Radar frequency, except otherwise instructed by military ATC, including when crossing civilairspace.

If Belga Radar is not online:

●  While flying into uncontrolled airspace, pilots should check their own separation and monitor UNICOM.

●  When crossing a civil airspace (with no intention to depart/land at a civil airport) they must contact the according ATC to notify about OAT, then squawk standby and monitor permanently the ATC frequency. At all time, they must manage their own separation without messing anytime with civil traffic or ATC.

●  When departing from or going to a civil airport, pilots are required to switch to GAT and follow normal procedures, except with civil ATC agreement to continue OAT.

At ANY TIME pilots must keep the following separation with GAT:

●  5nm horizontal separation, plus a margin during low altitude manoeuvers (approach, departure…)

●  1000ft separation with GAT traffic in cruise, 2000ft with GAT traffic in climb or descent

OAT traffic should NEVER interfere with civil flights, except during interceptions or special circumstances approved by division SO staff.

      FOR FREELANCE OPERATIONS

OAT can be executed in all uncontrolled or military airspaces above Belgium and Luxembourg.

If Belga Radar Military ACC (EBSZ_MIL_CTR) is online, pilots should always contact it and follow his instructions in all circumstances.

If not, pilots are free to fly OAT outside civil controlled airspaces.

Crossing of a civil controlled airspace will always be executed as GAT, except special circumstances approved by division SO staff.

SPEED LIMITS

      APPROVED OPERATIONS

●  250kt max < FL100 except into class A-B-C airspaces (including all TMAs)

●  350kt max < FL100 for fighter jets. Higher speed can be granted by Belga Radar only.

●  Mach 0.95 above FL100. Supersonic with Belga Radar approval only.

      FREELANCE OPERATIONS

Same restrictions apply + civil restrictions when crossing civil airspace

INTERCEPTION FLIGHTS

Interception flights can ONLY be executed given the following rules:

●  Only in “approved operations” (by Belux division, an authorized SOG or within a BeSOCA)

●  With prior written permission from XB-SOC, XB-SOAC or XB-SOA1, and under supervision of a XB staff member

●  Interception must be ceased immediately on request by the intercepted pilot or any XB staff member.

During interceptions, when needed, a higher speed than normally allowed is permitted.

Interception may not be continued after the boundary, except if an agreement with the concerned division is in force.

ATC RULES

Belga Radar is a special position that can only be opened by people holding an approval from the division SOC. Rating ADC or more is required. Before opening the position, the ATC has to seek permission from the SOC or SOAC.

Belga Radar can only be opened if Brussels Control (civil ACC) is online, except on decision by Belux Division HQ (DIR/ADIR). Brussels Control can decide to manage both civil and military ACC (if so, Belga Radar rules apply to him).

When Belga Radar is online, all OAT pilots should always remain on Belga Radar frequency, even when crossing civil airspaces, except if otherwise instructed by the military ATC. GAT has always top priority inside civil airspace and Belga Radar is responsible in maintaining OAT apart from civil aircrafts, not messing with civil pilots and ATC.

Military ATC at aerodromes is subject to FRAs, but approved aerodrome military positions can be opened anytime.

Belga Radar in in charge of the following aerodromes if they are not staffed locally: EBBE, EBFS, EBFN and EBBL. Belga Radar also handles “flight information service” for all civil and military aircrafts that would want it.

GUEST CONTROLLER APPROVAL

A GCA is required to open any ATC position in Belux, military or civil. It can be granted on request but is subject to conditions:

●  Requesting member must be ADC level or more

●  He may not have been member of the XB division within de 365 days before the request

●  He must follow one or more trainings to get an approval for a given position

●  The approval can be given for one air base or more, or for the whole Belga Radar sector, after appropriate training

●  Approval from both division SO staff and division HQ is required for any GCA

●  While controlling in Belux Region, the member is under the authority of the Belux staff

●  The GCA can be revoked anytime, for any reason

●  Controlling without holding a valid GCA will lead, first, to a warning, and without success, to a report to both the original division and the Executive.

SUMMARIZED SPECIAL OPERATIONS LETTER OF AGREEMENT

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The LOA text presented above is the responsibility of IVAO BELUX Region 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.



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