IVAO IVAO BELUX Region Division

Consists of Belgium and Luxembourg

Divisional Special Operations Department is active

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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.

Divisional Special Operations Letter of Agreement (LOA)

LOA EFFECTIVE DATE 24 December, 2018

Please be advised that the SO Regulations applies to SO flights conducted in IVAO BELUX Region Division and the LOA presented below serves as a division–specific extension to it.


Version 3.0 / December 2018

Intend of this document is to summarise the regulations and procedures for special operations in the BeLux Airspace.
Flying special operations or military operations will not justify any violent or reckless behaviour that may hinder other users of the network. The agreements noted down in this document are as close to reality as possible and are to be respected at any time together with the IVAO Rules and Regulations.

Special operations

Special operations concern all flights that are not commercial nor general aviation. This includes, but not only:
Military flights
Police flights
Government flights
Medical flights
Search and rescue, firefighting…


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 SO department considers two types of special operations:
Restricted operations: flight operations which may only be performed by members of a BeLux registered SOG (Special Operations Group) or by other members covered by a BeSOCA. These operations may also be performed by any participant during an official SO session or event or with a valid diplomatic clearance (DIC).
Freelance operations: all flight operations that can be performed by individuals from Belux Region or other divisions.


We can divide operations into tactical and non-tactical operations. The following actions are tactical:
Tactical formation flights
Air Refueling (AAR)
Defensive Counterair Operations (DCA)
Offensive Counterair Operations (OCA)
Air Combat (BVR, BFM, ACM)
Reconnaissance and Surveillance
Carrier Air Operations
Tactical Air Support for Maritime Operations (TASMO)
Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)
They are considered as RESTRICTED operations (see previous page).
All operations that are not quoted here are considered as FREELANCE and may be performed by any individual.



Restricted operations can be executed anywhere above Belgium and Luxembourg by approved members.
Except in the case of a QRA, civilian traffic always has priority on military traffic. It is the responsibility of the military pilot to make sure he doesn’t mess with other aircraft and keep a minimum separation of 2000ft vertically and/or 5nm horizontally with non-participating aircraft.
During tactical operations, pilots are exempted from contacting civilian ATC except when departing or arriving at a controlled civilian airport.
OAT traffic should NEVER interfere with civil flights, except during interceptions or special circumstances approved by division SO staff.
Speed is limited to 350kt < FL100 and M 0.95 > FL100. Supersonic only if required by the operation.


Freelance operations may be flown as GAT (General Air Traffic) or OAT (Operational Air Traffic). Pilots performing under GAT must follow all civilian rules like any other aircraft, and use civilian ATC. In OAT they must anyway follow all instructions given by the ATC (military or civilian ATC).
In OAT, speed is limited to 250kt < FL100 and M 0.95 > FL100. Supersonic is prohibited.
At any time, pilots performing freelance operations must strictly follow instructions from any military ATC station and/or Belux staff members.


Interception flights can ONLY be executed given the following rules:
Intercepts are always considered as “restricted operations”
They can only be performed between participating aircraft in a dedicated military area
QRA is an exception to this and may only be performed by approved QRA pilots under approval and supervision by a Belux staff member.
Interception must be ceased immediately on request by the intercepted pilot or any XB staff member.
Interception may not be continued after the boundary, except if an agreement with the concerned division is in force.
We encourage every pilot to review the procedures regarding interceptions and QRA before commencing operations.



Local ATC stations may be opened by any Belux member according to the FRAs. GCAs may be granted for such positions after a checkout by the SO staff.


Belga Radar is responsible for military ACC as well as tactical control (CRC). It covers all air bases that are not locally handled and ensures proper coordination with civilian ATC.
This position may only be opened by APC+ rated controllers.
All aircraft performing “restricted operations” have to contact this ATC station, including when crossing a civilian airspace (except if arriving/departing from a civilian airport).
Freelance operations performing OAT should switch to Belga Radar as long as they are outside civilian airspace, and anytime on request by Belga Radar.


Efflux (Glons CRC) is the tactical control station. It does NOT provide ATC services and may only handle participating aircraft inside a restricted military area (TRA or TSA mostly).
It is providing a tactical service for all kinds of tactical operations.
This position is restricted to ADC or higher rated controllers.


A GCA is required for foreign members to open any ATC position in BeLux, including military positions. 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 the 365 days before the request
The SO staff keeps the right to require training sessions and/or a checkout before granting a GCA.
The approval can be given for one or several military ATC positions.
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
We ask GCA holders to control at least 5 hours per month in order to keep their skills up-to-date. A member not complying with this may be required to proceed on a new checkout before being allowed to control again.
Controlling without holding a valid GCA may lead to a suspension, as stated in IVAO rules & regulations.

A list with up to date procedures can be found on the official webpage of IVAO BeLux region:


TSA26A except MTX-MMD route below FL195
D26 for low flying in respect to CTRs and TMAs
TSA S (4500-UNL) - caution for CBA16B from FL65 (S2,S3) and S6 (FL55-165) due to EBBR traffic
TSA N2-N3 caution with altitude restrictions.
D37 training area for A109
TRA23 training area for Marchetti SF260
EB-R05 (all areas): Helchteren (Pampa shooting range)
These areas as well as all other existing areas may be activated by NOTAM on http://xb.ivao.aero.
Restrictions set by the SO staff on these areas are in force towards all pilots and any pilot not complying will face supervisors’ action.
Air-to-ground combat operations (including CAS) may only be performed on the Pampa shooting range (EB-R05).

Written on 24th december 2018

Tim Vancauwenbergh Ruben Taillieu Mehdi Meunier
BeLux SO Coordinator BeLux SO Assistant Coordinator BeLux SO Advisor

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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