Rules of Special Operations

The Special Operations (SO) within the France division take place according to the IVAO Rules and Regulations (R&R, section "Special Operations Department"). However, some rules specific to France division are also applicable in addition to R&R.

Welcome to the Special Operations department of France Division!

Lettre d'accord de la Division France (LoA) du 13 janvier 2019

1 - General rules

Special Operations (SO) can be defined as all non-civilian operations related to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and/or flights that are not commercial nor general aviation. SO are mainly related to military flights, police missions, search and rescue, firefighting and so on.

Obviously, SO are subjected to rules which are stricter than the ones for regular flights or ATC. If you want to participate to our SO whatever your role (pilot or ATC), we do recommend you to read the following rules .

1.1 - Pilots

  • Apart from our SO events and SO tours, meaning apart from all missions, you must comply with the flight rules that are published by ISOGO HQ (IR.2.3 Pilot Specific) .
  • The maximum speed for all aircraft including Fighters is 250 kts below FL100. Fighters can increase their speed up to 350 kts below FL100 for the takeoff/climb procedure only if they have an ATC clearance.
  • Fighters are not allowed to evolve on civilian airports (landing / take-off) and must operate in approved airports that are listed below.
  • For training purposes, France Division collaborates with the SOG FAF which handle pilot training specialised in non-civilian procedures. This SOG qualifies its pilots who are able to fly, according to their rating, in real military conditions. Pilots not owing the appropriate qualifications are not allowed to operate within real military conditions .

1.2 - Controllers

  • According to the FRA, it is possible to handle a military airport. The specific procedures to each field are available on the website of the French DIRCAM and must be known. Regardless of some details and differences, the military control is similar to the civilian one (phraseology and so on).
  • However, taking into account the technical limitations of the IVAO ATC software, it is not possible to handle Precision Radar Approaches (PAR). Moreover, the ATIS of the ATC must include the colour of the field and the actual QFE.

1.3 - Military airfields 

LFOA AVORD (Transport school)




LFQE ETAIN (Helicopter base)

LFOE EVREUX (Transport)

LFTH HYERES (Navy fighter)

LFMI ISTRES (Fighter / de Transport C/KC 135)


LFRL LANVEOC (Nay helicopter base)

LFMC LE LUC (ALAT helicopter school)

LFRH LORIENT (Navy base)



LFSO OCHEY (Fighter)


LFOJ ORLEANS (Transport)

LFQP PHALSBOURG (ALAT helicopter base)


LFMY SALON (PAF base, fighter)

LFKS SOLENZARA (Support Training fighter)

LFOT TOURS (Transport)


Note: only the airports indicated in blue are fighter-approved

1.4 - Transponder codes to be used for SO flights

  • 7400: real mission related to aeronautical safety
  • 7401: escort flight
  • 0300: COM V flight (uncontrolled military VFR flight)
  • 0400: COM V flight (fighter VFR flight between FL115 and FL195 (LTA))

2 - Specific rules for SOG FAF pilots

  • The Virtual Airline (SOG) French Air Force (FAF) pilots are only allowed to fly from/to military airports. Civilian airports are only used during SAR (Search and Rescue) or Transport missions.
  • Only pilots owing required qualifications (C1-T1-H1-HS) can fly on the IVAO network with the FAF tag.
  • The SOG FAF ensures that all qualifications related to Combat Air Patrol (CAP, HS qualification) are up-to-date and that qualified pilots are able to fly safely .
  • The pilots of SOG FAF are allowed to fly under CAM V (military VFR flight), CAM I (military IFR flight) and CAM T (tactical flight) flight rules
  • Interception of a civilian aircraft is forbidden except if the civilian pilot, the military pilot and the ATC explicitly agree.
  • Pilots can fly above Mach 1 only above oceans and with an appropriate clearance from the ATC if the area is under control.
  • Pilots of the French Air Force will use the IVAO network for their flights, any extended abusive connection on ground is prohibited.
  • The SOG FAF can suspend any pilot who do not respect the rules stated above .

2.1 - Combat Air Patrol specificities

  • TheSOG FAF pilots are allowed to constitute a CAP based on agreement betweenSOG FAF and IVAO France Division, only if pilots are HS-qualified for these specific flights.
  • The CAP leader is the only pilot who can communicate with the ATC
  • In a non-controlled airspace, the collision avoidance is under the responsibility of both the CAP pilots and their leader, according to the "see and avoid" rule.
  • Whenever the ATC requires the “break-up” of the CAP for traffic or safety reasons, the ATC is entitled for priority.
  • For CAP flight, the leader should notify to the ATC at the startup clearance request. If not, the CAP is not allowed to operate.
  • For CAP flight, including those with blocked level, only one transponder code should be provided to the leader who must select the altitude transmission mode (the other CAP pilots have to select the standby mode).
  • The CAP type (snake, left, right, etc.) is under the discretion of the leader.
  • Besides these conditions, the CAP leader is the only pilot operating in altitude transmission mode using the code given by the ATC .