SO Events

Special Operations Events is the major part of what HQ–SOD offers to the IVAO community. Even though most of SO activity is taking place every day network-wide without prior coordination, SO Events are the special occasions when IVAO SO enthusiasts gather together for the purpose of performing coordinated missions. On average 2 SO events take place every month.

Find out more about SO Events by expanding FAQ data blocks on the right.

Operation Foxtrot

Indonesia Division


14 September, 2019, Saturday    12:00Z

Firefighting, Medical Evacuation


IVAO Operation Foxtrot special operations event

Every year fire spots appear throughout Indonesia as a result of land being burnt to open up new area for agriculture and settlements. These fires are usually illegal and reckless, causing widespread, uncontrollable fire over large area of land. Fire and the smoke create negative impact to nearby cities and communities as they choke people and result in health issues. Pekanbaru is one of these impacted cities, with the government sending leased tanker aircraft (both rotary and fixed-wing) annual...


Operation Tic tac toe

Russian Federation and Kazakhstan Division


24 August, 2019    12:00Z



IVAO Operation Tic tac toe special operations event

XR Special Operations Department kindly invites everyone to the third international Special Operations Event CAT-A operation Tic Tac Toe that will take place on the 24th of August from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC.

Participants will perform visual search for objects in specific locations; search locations as well as actual search objects are marked in a special way to aid searching. Each participant has to identify each object to complete this event. Detailed information is provided in the Event...


Argos Operation

Argentina Division


18 August, 2019    18:00Z



IVAO Argos Operation special operations event

This mission has been developed as a continuation of last years' set of SO events organised by Argentina Division, you may find more information about them on our forum: /


GAIA Galicia and Atlantic Ocean

Spain Division


15 August, 2019    15:00Z



IVAO GAIA Galicia and Atlantic Ocean special operations event

IVAO Spain Division is excited to bring you another Special Operations event, this is a Search and Rescue (SAR) mission, the legend is that two ships have collided about 30 miles from the coast. The two closest airports are LEST and LEVX. At LEVX, two fixed-wing and turbohelice aircraft are available for searching ships, as well as, if necessary, deploying rescue rafts. Likewise, a significant number of helicopters are available for rescue of passengers and crew of both ships.

Please be...


Virtual Adriatic Strike 2019

Slovenia Division


11 June, 2019    17:00Z

air to ground, transport, air supply


IVAO Virtual Adriatic Strike 2019 special operations event

Slovenian Division would like to welcome you to the first ever Slovenian Division Special Operations event. The event name is "Virtual Adriatic Strike 2019" and it runs parallel to the real "Adriatic Strike 2019". The real Adriatic Strike is a military training on Slovenian ground for all ground units and for military pilots and controllers. Pilots and controllers from different countries come to Slovenia on military training to train together. The controllers' jobs is t...


Desert Fox

Argentina Division


18 May, 2019    18:00Z



IVAO Desert Fox special operations event

This is another event by Argentina IVAO division, the aim is to improve teamwork, communications and use of brevity words. There are several missions available for pilots to choose from.

Following a fictitious conflict between fictitious countries, we will be simulating a BLUE-GREEN-YELLOW coalition against RED party.

The main goal is to neutralise RED airbase facilities, however, as there is no information on the exact location of this airbase, reconnaissance planes will go fi...



Italy Division


05 May, 2019    18:00Z



IVAO vJOINTSTAR 2019 special operations event

Welcome to vJOINT STARS 2019!

Our main goal for VJOINT STARS 2019 exercise is to reproduce a complex scenario in order to work in conjuction with other Nations. During the exercice pilots will be able to choose their mission profile with a wide choice depending on their role. The main ops will be performed with Air Interdiction and SEAD missions for strike packages, Combat Air Patrol for fighters, Air to Air Refueling for tanker assets and Search and Rescue for Helicopters. All pilots ...


Holy Light

Hellenic Division


27 April, 2019    10:30Z



IVAO Holy Light special operations event

Operation “HOLY LIGHT”
Goal: Celebrate special event.
Scenario: VIP flight coming from LLBG on the 27th April 2019 10:30z.
An Embraer EMB-135H HAF on special mission transferring the Holy Light.
Fighter aircrafts take off heading to the operational area to secure and escort VIP flight to Eleftherios Venizelos airport (LGAV).
Engaged Aerial Units:
a) Embraer EMB-135H AEW
b) Fighter aircrafts (f.i F18 F22 F16, F4)
Air Base of operations the aerodrome o...


Lightning Operation

Argentina Division


20 April, 2019    18:00Z



IVAO Lightning Operation special operations event

This mission has been developed as a continuation of last years' set of SO events by Argentina Division, you may find more information about them on our forum: /

Disaster Response

Iran Division


19 April, 2019    11:30Z



IVAO Disaster Response special operations event

IVAO Iran division presents another challenging humanitarian SO event, please find a short description of the plot below, detailed information is provided in the Event Master Plan.

Army Air Corps received an order to provide relief packages and air ambulance service to the city of Sarpol-e Zahab after devastating earthquake. Survivors need basic care packages and wounded need to be air lifted to Imam Reza hospital northwest of Kermanshah airport.

You will be flying supplies an...


Snake Hunt

Indonesia Division


14 April, 2019    12:30Z

Transport, Escort, AAR


IVAO Snake Hunt special operations event

Exercise Snake Hunt is the continuation of a previous military operation simulation organised by Indonesia Division centred on Ranai AFB, Riau Islands, with its operations based at Hang Nadim Airport, Batam. In this operation we simulate the military takeover of an enemy-controlled Ranai AFB through the deployment of paratrooper forces. It is simulated that Ranai AFB has already been controlled by a hostile force and a military takeover must be executed in order to prevent Ranai AFB from ...


Vulcano Operation

Colombia Division


13 April, 2019    18:00Z



IVAO Vulcano Operation special operations event

IVAO Colombia Division Special Operations Department is holding a logistics support mission. The main objective of "Vulcano Operation" mission is to deliver logistics to San Andres Island. IVAO Colombia SpecOps will center this operation at SKBQ Malambo Atlantico CACOM 3. Several large operations will be held in 2019 and thus will require supports from many parties. IVAO Colombia SpecOps invites all divisions to take part in this mission on April 13, operating in and out from SKBQ Mala...


Aerial Firefighting

Iran Division


11 April, 2019    16:30Z



IVAO Aerial Firefighting special operations event

In the early hours of the day Sari firefighting watch received alert about a jungle fire in the southern mountains of Amol. Amol is a city and the administrative center of Amol County, Mazandaran Province, Iran.

Dispatch issued order to deploy teams of aerial firefighting to the situation. Two teams are being sent to contain the fire, team one consists of light firefighting crafts and helicopters stationed in Bishe-Kola airfield, team two are medium and heavy firefighting crafts station...


Military logistics

Iran Division


31 March, 2019    10:30Z



IVAO Military logistics special operations event

Beris is a village in Sand-e Mir Suiyan Rural District, Dashtiari District, Chabahar County, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran. According to the 2006 census, its population was 2,356, forming 477 families. The beach at Beris is on the north of Sea of Oman, and is located in the province of Sistan. Near the beach are many boats and some special species of fish.

In an effort by Iranian army to provide medical care and supplies to far reached and poor parts of country a mission has bee...


Emergency Evacuation

Iran Division


24 March, 2019    10:30Z



IVAO Emergency Evacuation special operations event

The South Pars/North Dome field is a natural-gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf. It is by far the world's largest natural gas field, with ownership of the field shared between Iran and Qatar. Biggest danger in these kinds of facilities is fire, therefore there are strict protocols in effect to prevent dangerous situations and to insure crew safety. If all efforts fail to contain the situation a mandatory evacuation plan will commence and a distress signal will be sent to emerg...


Torrejon AFB two hours

Spain Division


16 March, 2019    15:00Z



IVAO Torrejon AFB two hours special operations event

Hello Special Operations users

For two hours we will simulate some of the real operations that the Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base can have. We will have an additional incentive of a civil event held in nearby Barajas airport -- a challenge for pilots and ATC.

We have prepared some missions that we hope you will enjoy.

We have prepared escort missions of VIP planes, AAR refueling missions, transport missions, both reactors and turbohelices, as well as a police missio...


LIRP Pisa Airport RFE

Italy Division


09 February, 2019    16:00Z



IVAO LIRP Pisa Airport RFE special operations event

The purpose of this event is to simulate a real day of operations at this particular airport that accommodates both civilian and military traffic.

Pisa San Giusto is the most popular airport of Tuscany and the 10th most busiest airport in Italy. It hosts the 46th airlift brigade with C130J and C27J aircrafts plus 2 groups of “Police Service” Helicopters (Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza).

SpecialOps Pilots that want to participate need to consider of planning on...


Operation Bearer

Indonesia Division


27 January, 2019    12:30Z

Transport, Delivery


IVAO Operation Bearer special operations event

"Operation Bearer" is Indonesia Division first event of the year 2019. This year we are going to use a concept of mutually connected events (with common plot, story line, etc. We will roll out massive exercises in the near future required for the mobilization of a large army. For that we simulate the mobilization in the mission entitled "Logistic Transport". In this mission we deploy the entire fleet of transports to move logistics and troops that were assembled in Jakarta an...


Refueling Initiation Exercise

Ala 23 Virtual SOG


26 January, 2019    17:00Z



IVAO Refueling Initiation Exercise special operations event

The Ala 23 Virtual SOG together with the Virtual Air Defense initiate the training course (in a form of SO events) with first mission in which we will do a refuelling exercise. Our events will take place within the airspace of Spain.

Fighter & transport pilots as well as controllers for Talavera Air Base (LEBZ) are welcomed.

This particular exercise consists of actual refuelling procedures, escort flying, visual and instrument approaches.

The mission will begin a...


Operation Crowded Skies 2018


Republic of the Congo, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Uganda

01 December, 2018    18:00Z

Humanitarian aid


IVAO Operation Crowded Skies 2018 special operations event

Our ambition is to offer SO-specific missions at Crowded Skies every year. This year's Crowded Skies Event has the very special motto "20 years anniversary" and Special Operations have always been a part of IVAO in the last 20 years. In the future the importance of SO will increase even more.

This year, we want to focus on a very important non-military mission type. We are talking about “Humanitarian aid”. The missions this year take place in Central and East ...


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

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