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Special Operations
Welcome to the Special Operations Department

We hope you find here all the information you are looking for about Special Operations.

You will find information about procedures, phraseology, charts and callsigns among others.

All the flights not classified as commercial or general belong to Special Operations. Examples of SO are Military flights, SAR, Fire Fighting, Police Operations, VIP, MEDEVAC, etc.

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Special Operations Department
IVAO Argentina
SO Department Rules

Special Operations (SO) will be divided in two categoríes:

General Special Operations Military Special Operations
Fire Fighting
Formation Flights
Police Operations
Air-Air Refuelling
Wreck Assistance
Touch and goes on carriers
SAR Flights
Low flights
VIP Flights
AWACS Simulations
Escort Flights
Medical Assistance
Visual identification flights
More general flights
More military flights

All those military operations destinated to simulate war actions, killing or facility destruction are not allowed on IVAO network.

Special Operations must be managed very carefully. Specially military Special Operations. Military SO may include aircrafts' abnormal behaviours with at a high speed or sudden changes on the heading or altitude.

One of the main SO rules is that no OAT can prevent or interfere with the GAT.

Therefore, military SO must be always performed under the airspace defined as TRA or TSA.

TRA : Temporary Reserved Airspace.

TSA : Temporary Segregated Airspace.

The difference betweeen TRA and TSA is that, in TSA, the partaker and non-partaker air traffic is totally separated inside the area. A TRA can be crossed by non-partaker traffic under specific conditions.

The use of a TRA/TSA must be reduced to minimum.

A TRA/TSA must be used only when the ATC is available, ir if there are no GAT routes through the TRA/TSA.

When there are no flights inside a TRA/TSA, this airspace will be automatically deactivated.

TRA and TSA will be allowed to be activated in controlled airspaces. This is to avoid OAT interfering with GAT.

During an SO event, the use of a TRA/TSA must be published on the division's website in order to inform GAT pilots. Previous clearance hall be required.

Outside the TRA/TSA OAT will not have priority over GAT.

IFR and VFR shall be respected, unless the division has specific military routes, corridors or windows for the OAT and agreements for its use.

During So events that require the use of TRA/TSA, specific controllers shall be needed for that TRA/TSA.

Flexible use of the airspace (FUA)

This means assigning the airspace with respect to the air traffic dynamically. It can only be managed by the ATC and for a defined period of time.

FUA is an open area of a specific airspace which the air traffic can fly through a narrow route in.

Therefore, the use of a TRA/TSA does not have to be necessary.

Air Traffic Control (ATC)

During SO events an ATC shall be available at all times.

Specific military (for OAT) and civil (for GAT) ATCs must be organized.

If a traffic wishes to cross specific routes or airspaces, both ATC positions must coordinate. Both positions may deny or approve this request.

If the request is denied, the corresponding position must redirect the mentioned aircraft.

Military ATC stations must use the standard callsign from the ICAO database.

This may be used ONLY in events. The specific approval must be issued by the SOD.

Out of event hours, a normal callsign from the IVAO database shall be used.


The use of an AWACS aircraft that performs traffic control functions is only allowed during events and SO missions.

When you want to have an AWACS during an event or mission, it must be mentioned on the approval request.

The AWACS' ATC services will use the callsign “MAGIC” during events and missions.

The specific position for AWACS operations using the ICAO callsign must be wether the military CTR or the civil CTR.

The suffix “M” shall be inserted on the ICAO callsign. This is only allowed on AWACS operations!


Taking in account that the common definitions, procedures and regulations for the military air traffic management in different divisions are a fundamental requirement for a civil-military air traffic environment perfectly integrated, we perform at first instance, the definitions for GAT and OAT.

General Air Traffic: All those flights that are performed according to the ICAO rules & procedures.

Operational Air Traffic: All those flights that do not comply with established regulations for GAT and which rules & procedures have been specified for by national authorities.

For the OAT/GAT harmonization three objectives must be reached:

Identify different military operations types that may be managed applying approximately the same rules, regulations and procedures that are applied to civil aviation (GAT) and those ones that require different rules and procedures.

Define common rules and procedures in order to manage military operations.

Common principles for the safe management of civil and military air traffic in a shared environment within different airspaces.

Different types of air traffic

Civil flights, which are included in the general air traffic category (GAT), including certain military flights.

Military flights, which are included in the operations air traffic category (OAT) including test flights for the acceptance of new aircrafts.

These air traffic types, with a very different nature, must use the same airspace safely. In the upper airspace, the general air traffic is organised by predefined routes (PDR) or airways. Civil flights will only be diverted from these routes under coordination with military centres.

OAT, on the other hand, has unforeseen or hard to modify flight routes (combat).Due to this, airspaces must be reserved temporally for them in order not to interfere with civil air traffic.

Finally, there is one more military flights category: "fuera de área". They are flights which can use the whole airspace. The military controller responsible of thistype of flight must keep the separation from other aircrafts, according to the information provided by civil aviation systems.

OAT may never interfere with GAT

ATC need to separate OAT and GAT at all times.

Groups & Brigades
Armada Argentina Virtual ActivoAcceder Acceder
EBRAD Spec. Ops. ActivoAcceder Acceder
Fuerza Aérea Argentina Virtual ActivoAcceder Acceder
Comando aviación de ejército Argentino ActivoAcceder Acceder

Políticas De Fomento Grupos de Operaciones Especiales de IVAO Argentina


Las SOG que cuenten con un tour interno y propio pueden presentar su proyecto de tour al Depto. de Operaciones de Vuelo para ser oficializado por la división.
La oficialización acarrea menor carga de trabajo para el SOG-Staff ya que su tour será cargado en el sistema MODA de reporte de tours y los validadores seran propios de la división.
Al finalizar el tour, los pilotos recibirán su medalla de la misma manera que harían un tour divisional.
Además de estas ventajas, esto generaría publicidad para la SOG, trayendo quizás más pilotos a volar de divisiones extranjeras ya que el tour puede ser volado por cualquier persona.


En el mismo caso que el anterior, oficializando, se tendrá 100% apoyo de IVAO Argentina e IVAO Internacional promocionandose el evento en redes sociales, foros, calendario de eventos de IVAO, entre otros. Asimismo, y a requerimiento de gestionado por la SOG, la división se encargará de buscar los controladores necesarios para cubrir el eventos.


El proceso de alta de una SOG puede ser engorroso, por ello la división designará un miembro del staff quién le brindará la asistencia personalizada para gestionar el alta de su aerolínea virtual.


El Depto. de Desarrollo Web trabajará junto a los miembros de la SOG en un sitio web funcional y simple, pero con todo lo necesario para comenzar a operar!


La Dirección de IVAO Argentina, por seis meses otorogará este beneficio a la aerolinas.