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International Virtual Aviation Organisation
Abbreviation IVAO
Motto "As Real As It Gets"
Formation December 1998
Type Non-Profit Association[1]
Purpose "Provide an environment for a realistic Flight and Air Traffic Control simulation via the internet"
130,000 (23,000 active)
Alain Debrouwer
Main organ
Board of Governors
Approx 10,000

IVAO or International Virtual Aviation Organisation, is a non-profit organisation that operates a global and free-of-charge online flight-simulation network.[2] After a 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 utilizing real-world aviation procedures, phraseology and techniques.


IVAO with more than 130,000 registered members (23,392 of which active in the last three months)[3] is together with VATSIM one of the two largest online flight simulation networks that allow to act either as a virtual pilot or ATC.[4] IVAO solely relies on software developed by it's 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 ATCs 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 greatest part of IVAO's active membership is based of Europe, VATSIM's membership mainly focuses around North America.[5]

IVAO logs all flight and controlling hours and offers it's members to obtain virtual pilot and ATC ranks by undergoing trainings 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 organized on a daily basis. With approximately 8000 connections per day and an average weekday peak between 600 and 900 simultaneous connections IVAO reached it's current simultaneous connection record during the annual "Crowded Skies" event on January 8th, 2011 with 2,303 members flying or controlling at the same time.[6]


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 to evolve 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 organization.[5] In late 2005, another management conflict, this time within the IVAO organization, led to another split. The incumbent president of IVAO continued with, while other members of management formed continued the organization under[7] In 2007 IVAO officially registered as a non-profit organization under Belgian law.[8]

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  1. ^ "Articles of the Association". IVAO. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  2. ^ " Mission Statement" (Press release). IVAO. 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  3. ^ " Member List". IVAO. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Bust stress, conquer sky - the virtual way". 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2011-08-24. the International Virtual Aviation Organisation, the biggest non-profit community of virtual flyers and air traffic controllers 
  5. ^ a b Daniel Terdiman (2006-12-16). "Into the wild blue virtual yonder". CNET Retrieved 2011-08-24. VatSim, whose membership tends to be American, and IVAO, which is more European.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cnet1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ "IVAO - Crowded Skies". IVAO. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Why". IVAO. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  8. ^ Publication in the Belgian National Paper

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