The Special Operations Department of IVAO is
pleased to offer all active virtual Squadrons, Air Forces or Special
Operations Units the opportunity to register as IVAO-CERTIFIED Special
Operations Groups. (SOG’s).
Registering a virtual military or special operations unit will give access to
the IVAO-SOG system, which is a unique facility designed to assist
senior officers of those groups to administer the activities of their own
virtual military and special operations units on the IVAO network. Additional
benefits include weather and online tracking displays on the group’s website
and of course there is a considerable prestige of having your group
registered as an approved IVAO-SOG.
IVAO defines virtual Military and Special Operations Groups as those who take
part in at least 2 of the following activities:
Military Operations Units:
Formation flights, Air-to-Air Refuelling, Shipborne and Aircraft Carrier Practices, Low-level
Flights, AWACs simulations, Reconnaissance flights,
Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Operations.
General Operations Units:
Fire-fighting, Police, Coastguard, Shipwreck and SAR, Medical and Casualty
Evacuation, VIP flights with escorts, Humanitarian flights, fly-ins with
IVAO recognises that occasionally special
operations and military operations may be closely allied and occasionally
cross between the SO definitions.
To register your group you must satisfy the following criteria:
- Your VA should be a freeware,
non commercial, non profit, organization (view
the VA requirements)
- No commercial advertising is
- Be active in IVAO.
- Be operational. If not
operational, your request will be removed.
- Have at least 10 pilots active members of IVAO.
- Have a fully functional
website. If the VA is under construction your application will be rejected
- IVAO deserves the right to
remove the VA from VA System and/or our databases without any advise
neither explanation if HQ decide it.
- Only IVAO member VAs will have the right to mantain
a registered ICAO code.
- The CEO of the VA must be:
- at least 18 years old,
- have an IVAO account for at
least 6 months,
- no suspension record in the
last 3 months,
- at least ADC or PP rating
- maximum of 1 VA (per IVAO member).
- the CEO must be active on the
IVAO network at all time.
All the above is valid not only for the CEO/Owner at the time of
registration, but also for all future CEOs. The VA itself should not be using
- VA applicant must receive an
approval from the Division HQ before submitting VA application. In case
the country of the VA registration doesn’t have an active division, the
approval/denial depends on the DIV-HQ the CEO belongs if the division is
active, otherwise the approval/denial depends
on the FOD/FOAD.
- The Division HQ can request
anytime to remove a VA from the system. The same rules apply for
military and civil VAs.
Only member SOG’s will assume the right to maintain
a registered ICAO code.
IVAO reserves that right to reject applications or remove any SOG from the
IVAO-SOG System and/or databases without explanation.
ICAO Code Validation
IVAO requires all SOG’s to use a unique 3-letter
ICAO code which is used to track it on the network. During your application
we will check our database to ensure that there is no duplication of these
codes in order to avoid conflict with codes used by other SOG’s
or airlines. If your desired code has already been assigned to another group,
try to think of another one.
Access to the IVAO-SOG System:
If you want to use the services of the SOG-System, your IVAO Forum Nick Name will be required.
If you do not have a forum Nick Name already, you can get one here.
Before you proceed with your application, please make sure you have 3 logos
For the Online
Flights page you need a logo that is exactly 85 x 18 pixels in GIF
format. Anything else will be rejected.
For the database
page a GIF logo with a maximum size of 450 x 150 pixels. Anything larger
will be rejected, smaller logos are always welcomed.
If you want to use the
SOG-System a logo of exactly 60 x 40 pixels in GIF format.
You will be required to link to
IVAO using the logo sent to you via e-mail.
IVAO HQ and the Special Operations Department staff are always
pleased to help member organisations or applicants
with any difficulties or queries, but please be patient as it may take some
time for staff to provide an answer.
IVAO will NOT be held responsible under any circumstances for any copyright
violations and all prospective applicants for IVAO-SOG status are advised to
check such copyrights prior to use of logos or acronyms.