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.

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.