SO Events offer a unique opportunity for a team effort, where the performance of each participant may have an impact on the overall objective. It is an opportunity to demonstrate your skills; members of all levels of expertise are welcomed. General kinds of SO Events include military operations (including application of weapons), humanitarian operations, aerial work, flying displays and so on. Since SO Events typically involve many participants performing different types of roles, they can be highly realistic and fluid, evolving as they progress. Unlike civil events, there are countless scenarios of SO Events and no two SO events are identical.
SO events can be organised by divisions (divisional SO departments), official Special Operations Groups (SOGs) and HQ–SOD.
Since HQ–SOD staff individually validates every proposed event application, only those that satisfy certain standards are approved. HQ–SOD dedicated staff routinely suggests minor and major changes to the proposed events' scenarios in order for them to satisfy these standards. SO events always attract a lot of participants, they are international by definition with members from all the IVAO divisions welcomed, regardless of the event's location. To ensure that no one is left behind, only one common working language is used — English.
SO events are thoroughly organised and planned, participants get a chance to experience a mature environment and this is what makes them unique. Participants also qualify for IVAO SO awards. With all that being said, IVAO members are free to organise local training sessions, subject to conditions and limitations of the SO Regulations.
You may have a look at the official rules that govern SO events in the SO Regulations (section 9, Special Operations Events).