Started on IVAO

Who We Are

The International Virtual Aviation Organisation, IVAO for short, was founded in 1998 to provide an online platform for flight simulation enthusiasts to enjoy their hobby in a simulated real-world environment, in company of other people, flying or providing Air Traffic Control services.

IVAO is a legally registered not-for-profit-organisation (NPO) under Belgian law. It has a multi-layered management structure to ensure it is strategically governed in a fair, legal and transparent way. All IVAO’s services and software will always be provided free of charge as the organisation’s costs are covered by private donations and corporate sponsorship. For more information about how the NPO is administered please visit the Association page.

Rules and Regulations

Before registering and start using the IVAO network, you must read and accept the rules and regulations.

Do not overlook this step! It is quite usual that new members get sanctioned because of a bad knowledge of our rules.

In case you have any questions, please contact our staff at the address

Registration procedure

If you are more than 13 years old and you accept the rules and regulations above, you can either register as pilot, or as ATC (Air Traffic Controller), or both to take benefit of all our services.

Please note that it is mandatory to register using your real identity (first and last name, date of birth). Identity checks can be performed at any moment by our staff and the non-conformal accounts will be suspended.

After completing the registration procedure, you will receive a mail containing your credentials to connect to the network (IVAN password to connect to IvAp, IvAc and TeamSpeak 2) and to our web site (web password to connect to the web site and to the forum).

It is fundamental to use a valid e-mail address when registering in order to receive your credentials and allow our staff to contact you if needed.
Never communicate your passwords to anybody, IVAO Staff members will never ask you for this information.

First steps

As a beginner, you surely want to take benefit of our services. These two links will help you through your first sessions:

Let us give you only one advice: take the time to observe, read the documentation and ask to the more experienced members. This will make your first steps more pleasant.

Management Structure

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors (BoG) are legally responsible for the NPO. The Board is led by the President and is responsible for setting the overall goals of the network, managing financial and legal matters, and appointing the Executive Committee.

The Board consists of 9 Governors, who are elected by the General Assembly for a renewable two-year term. The board is chaired by the President of IVAO.

Executive Council

The Executive Council is responsible for the global oversight and management of the IVAO Departments and Divisions. It is also the highest governing body for all Network matters such as suspensions, staff appointments and project management.

The Executive Council consists of 4-5 members who are appointed by the Board of Governors for a renewable two-year term.


IVAO has several departments, headed on a global level by a Director appointed by the Executive Council who is assisted by Advisors, or specialised staff.

Departments manage all tasks that affect the network globally such as training standards, central databases, network infrastructure and software. Some departments also cover areas for where there is no local division established.


Divisions are managed by a Director appointed by the Executive Council. The Division director is usually local to the country or region.

Divisions provide localised information for members and are the first point of contact for most matters. Divisions are responsible for publishing documentation, procedures and charts for their area of responsibility as well as organising events and tours and providing training.