International Virtual Aviation Organisation

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International Virtual Aviation Organisation
IVAO AERO Logo.png
AbbreviationIVAO VZW
FormationDecember 1998
TypeNonprofit organization[1]
PurposeProvide an environment for a realistic flight and Air Traffic Control simulation via the Internet
Private persons
Elias Herrero Jaraba
Main organ
General Assembly

International Virtual Aviation Organisation VZW (IVAO) is a non-profit association which operates a free-of-charge online flight-simulation network.[2] Following free registration users can connect to the IVAO Network (IVAN) either as a virtual air traffic controller or as a virtual pilot and engage and interact with each other in a massively multiplayer environment utilising real-world aviation procedures, phraseology and techniques.[3]


IVAO, with more than 200,0000 registered members, is one of the largest online flight simulation networks that allow users to act as either a virtual pilot or air traffic controller.[4] IVAO relies solely on software developed by its own staff of volunteers. Air Traffic Controllers can connect to the IVAO network using IVAO's radar client, IvAc, that emulates the interface of a modern, real-world air traffic control radar scope. Pilots can connect using their flight simulator and the built-in pilot client, IvAp. All pilots and ATC thereby interact on a dedicated, one-world server environment that tries to simulate world-wide air traffic on an "as real as it gets" basis. While the largest part of IVAO's active membership is based in Europe, new divisions are continually being created to spread the network coverage world-wide.

IVAO logs all flight and controlling hours and offers its members to obtain virtual pilot and ATC ranks by undergoing training and passing theoretical and practical exams based around real-world aviation regulations and procedures. A fully integrated VA system offers virtual airlines the ability to operate on the IVAO Network even with fictional airline callsigns and liveries. Events and regular gatherings are organised on a daily basis by divisions or members. With approximately 8000 connections per day and an average weekday peak between 600 and 900 simultaneous connections, IVAO reached its current simultaneous connection record during the annual "Crowded Skies" event on December 10, 2016, with 3,004 members flying or controlling at the same time.


The first steps for setting up flight simulation in a massively-multiplayer online environment were taken with the creation of SquawkBox and ProController in the mid-1990s. These two programs were connected to FSD, a simple flight simulator multiplayer server, which allowed the evolution from a one-to-one (one ATC and one plane) environment to a many-to-many environment.

Using these programs, SATCO (now VATSIM) was the first large network to create an online air traffic simulation environment. On December 16, 1998 IVAO was founded when a group of people left SATCO to form a new network after management conflicts developed within the organisation.[5] In late 2005, another management conflict, this time within the IVAO organisation, led to a further split. The incumbent president of IVAO continued with, while other members of management continued the organisation under[6] In 2007, IVAO was officially registered as a non-profit organisation under Belgian law.[7]

IVAO also has took part in Flight SimCon 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, held in Hartford, Connecticut.[8]

The formal status of IVAO has been chanced into advertising bureau on September 1st 2015 and therefore IVAO has to pay VAT since October 1st 2015.[9]

Virtual Sky Magazine[edit]

IVAO has an official online magazine, "Virtual Sky", first published in January 2008 and is available at Issuu.

Production of the magazine is the responsibility of the Public Relations department, specifically the Magazine Team Manager (MTM). On October 19, 2015, it has been assigned the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 2466-6742.

Since January 2016 the magazine moved to a quarterly publication.

All "Virtual Sky" issues can be access @ ISSUU

Countries with active divisions[edit]

IVAO has active divisions in 73 countries spanning six continents. The active status means IVAO Headquarters has elected a staff team who represent it in the respective country and operates the division on its behalf. This ensures members of each active country are offered up-to-date charts and personal one-to-one trainings adapted to local procedures.

Some of the divisions are "multi-country" which means more than one country fall under one specific division.

Countries belong to active divisions:

  1. Algeria
  2. Angola
  3. Argentina
  4. Aruba
  5. Australia
  6. Austria
  7. Bahrain
  8. Belarus
  9. Belgium
  10. Botswana
  11. Brazil
  12. Canada
  13. Chile
  14. Colombia
  15. Croatia
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Denmark
  18. Dominican Republic
  19. Egypt
  20. Finland
  21. France
  22. French Polynesia
  23. Germany
  24. Greece
  25. Hong Kong
  26. Hungary
  27. Iceland
  28. India
  29. Indonesia
  30. Iran
  31. Iraq
  32. Ireland
  33. Italy
  34. Jordan
  35. Kazakhstan
  36. Kuwait
  37. Luxembourg
  38. Lebanon
  39. Mexico
  40. Morocco
  41. Mozambique
  42. Nambia
  43. The Netherlands
  44. Netherlands Antilles
  45. New Caledonia
  46. New Zealand
  47. Norway
  48. Oman
  49. Poland
  50. Portugal
  51. Qatar
  52. Romania
  53. Russia
  54. Saudi Arabia
  55. Senegal
  56. Slovakia
  57. Slovenia
  58. South Africa
  59. Spain
  60. Sudan
  61. Sweden
  62. Switzerland
  63. Syria
  64. Thailand
  65. Tunisia
  66. Turkey
  67. Ukraine
  68. Uruguay
  69. United Arab Emirates
  70. United Kingdom
  71. United States
  72. Venezuela
  73. Zimbabwe

Staff structure[edit]

HQ staff[edit]

Badge Callsign Position
TD Training Director
TAD Training Assistant Director
SRTAx Senior Training Advisors
TDM Training Documentation Manager
TDAM Training Documentation Assistant Manager
TDAx Training Documentation Advisors
HPM HQ Pilots Manager
HPAM HQ Pilots Assistant Manager
HPAx HQ Pilots Advisors
MD Membership Director
MAD Membership Assistant Director
MAx Membership Advisors
PRD Public Relations Director
PRAD Public Relations Assistant Director
PRAx Public Relations Advisors
MTM Magazine Team Manager
MTAM Magazine Team Assistant Manager
MTAx Magazine Team Advisors
AOD ATC Operations Director
AOAD ATC Operations Assistant Director
AOAx ATC Operations Advisors
FOD Flight Operations Director
FOAD Flight Operations Assistant Director
FOAx Flight Operations Advisors
SOD Special Operations Director
SOAD Special Operations Assistant Director
SOAx Special Operations Advisors
ED Events Director
EAD Events Assistant Director
EAx Events Advisors
WTD World Tour Director
WTAD World Tour Assistant Director
WTAx World Tour Advisors
DOD Development Operations Director
DOAD Development Operations Assistant Director
DOSx Development Operations Support
FA Forum Administrator
AFA Assistant Forum Administrator


  1. ^ "Articles of the Association". IVAO. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  2. ^ " Mission Statement" (Press release). IVAO Public Relations Department. May 28, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Jeff Van West (2007). Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots: Real World Training. John Wiley and Sons. p. 677. ISBN 978-0-470-18331-1.
  4. ^ "Bust stress, conquer sky – the virtual way". July 20, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2011. the International Virtual Aviation Organisation, the biggest community of virtual flyers and air traffic controllers
  5. ^ Daniel Terdiman (December 16, 2006). "Into the wild blue virtual yonder". CNET Retrieved August 24, 2011. It formed in 2001 when internal politics in a precursor network, SATCO, caused a rupture that resulted in two rival networks
  6. ^ "Why". IVAO. December 2, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "International Virtual Aviation Organisation" (PDF). Belgian National Paper. April 18, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Ondernemingsgegevens | KBO Public Search". Retrieved 2018-04-07.

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