The ATC activities within the France division take place according to the IVAO Rules and Regulations (R&R, section "ATC Operations Department"). However, some rules specific to France division, eventually published via NOTAM, are also applicable in addition to R&R.
Last updated : 06/03/2020
It is in the good practices of the Air Traffic Controller to prepare his ATIS before connecting on the network and to fill it in as quickly as possible once connected and before the taking the charge of traffic awaiting. The content of the ATIS must be in accordance with the information given in the real ATIS as far as practicable.
The French division strictly applies the "Regulation" §A.2.1.2. Which means that the systematic and mandatory use of real NOTAM is forbidden. However, specific and temporary procedures inspired from the real world may be proposed exclusively by the ATC and indicated on his/her ATIS only whenever they are compatible with the technical limitations of the IVAO network and of the flight simulators. In all cases, an ATC is not allowed to refuse a procedure to a pilot who would not wish/be able to apply that NOTAM.
It is reminded that the "mode S" transponder is mandatory in France since March 31st 2007 for all IFR flights and for VFR flights in some airspaces.
For all other VFR flights the "mode C" transponder is the minimum required. On IvAc 1, the $ flag will be displayed on the label of any aircraft not equipped with the mode S transponder.
It is forbidden to accept a flight with a flight plan not including an active transponder ("mode N").
The assignment of transponder codes on IVAO is under the initiative of ATC. Nevertheless, it is recommended to comply with the following instructions:
Within the France division, the lateral separation minimums under radar control are:
In the case of ATC exams under the responsibility of the Training department, any radar separation (within a TMA and associated airspaces) greater or equal to 3 NM and lower than 5 NM is not sanctioned by an automatic failure. Nevertheless:
The corresponding NOTAM of this rule is available here: N-FR-0415-1_EN.
Within the French division, the opening of DEL and DEP positions is as follows :
The NOTAM corresponding to this rule is available here: N-FR-0715-1_EN.
The French Training Department is in charge, among other activities, of tower position trainings and ADC rating exams. Within this framework, all procedures and skills proper to ground and delivery control are also taught and evaluated. As a consequence, during the following activities:
the GND position cannot be staffed.
Any member connected on the GND position during these activities has to disconnect from the concerned position, even if he booked the position, whenever asked by the trainer/examiner (or eventually any staff member of the Division). Moreover, according to §4 of these ATC Rules, the DEL position cannot be opened either.
The NOTAM corresponding to this rule is available here: N-FR-0715-2_EN.
An ATC schedule is established by the FIR chiefs involved in the event and is approved by the French AO department. Only ATCs included in the approved schedule (or exceptionally authorised by the FIR chiefs or the French AO Department) can open the positions concerned by the event.
Whenever a member who is not included in the ATC schedule has booked a position concerned by the event, the FR-AO department is in charge of contacting the member and deleting his reservation.
Some events are eligible for the « ATC Event Award ». This award is given to any ATC member who has cumulated 10 points. The assignment of the ATC points is made by the French AO department based on the ATC list provided by the FIR chiefs.
The NOTAM corresponding to this rule is available here: N-FR-1117-3_EN.
It is possible to open a position called “AFIS” on IVAO. This type of position is controlled in a slightly different way than a conventional "tower". This is why, in order to announce to the pilots that there will be no control service but only information and alert services, we recommend two things to the controller:
We insist on the fact that these two "rules" are recommendations only. Indeed, nothing would forbid to open an AFIS position with the callsign "LFXX_TWR".
The NOTAM corresponding to this rule is available here: N-FR-1018-1_EN.
The « Flight Service Station » position is used on IVAO as the position which provides the information and alert ATC services. It corresponds to the ATC-units which we commonly call “Information”.
In French Division we do not use the FSS Positions because the “Information” ATC-units are bound to an Approach position. In practice, this means that an Approach position managing one (or more) TMA also manages one (or more) SIV (“Secteur d’information de vol” which translates to “Flight Information Sector”).
It’s worth mentioning that when the Approach services are provided by a Centre position, the “SIV” is always considered open and that the “Information Service” is due to pilots. However, if traffic does not permit the ATC to provide such service, it can be temporarily suspended as long as an explicit indication is written in the remarks of the ATIS.