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2023 Division Tours Announced
January 1, 2023, 2:15 pm

For 2023 we have 4 Brand New Tours for you to sink your aviation passion into.

  • British Airways Tour - Come fly with Britain’s premier flagship carrier. Focusing on major routes to and from the UK (with an Oceanic Flight thrown in for fun)
  • British Isles VFR Tour - A Tour across England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • Scottish VFR Tour - Starting in Port Ellen and slowly moving across the country ending up in Sanday
  • Business Aviation Tour - Taking Rainzy to all his gigs but there is a catch every third flight the aircraft must be serviced at Farnborough

More tours will follow during the year including our competition!

Events Coordinator
Aerodrome controller documentation
October 28, 2022, 2:43 pm

Here at IVAO XU we are constantly reviewing and creating new documentation to support our members. Currently david-AOC is working on our Aerodrome procedures which can be found here https://wiki2.xu.ivao.aero/en/atc/aerodrome/local-procedures. As always if you have any queries or suggestions feel free to contact us by opening a ticket in our discord or sending an email to XU-AOC@IVAO.aero

Public Relations Coordinator
Voice ATIS Update
July 6, 2022, 11:54 pm

 🔈 Voice ATIS Update

We want to offer you an update on our seemingly popular Voice ATIS. The project is about to enter its final testing stage before public release, and we hope to have it with you before the end of the month. We are sorry for the delay!  

Public Relations Coordinator
Altitude updated to fix MSFS freezing issues
May 23, 2022, 12:09 pm

A new altitude update is available!

Following the SU9 release of Microsoft Flight Simulator, some members reported issues connecting to the network. We're pleased to advise that this has now been resolved in the latest release of Altitude.

Update your software here: https://ivao.aero/software/altitude

Assistant Director
2022 Staff Recruitment
March 3, 2022, 9:40 am

The IVAO United Kingdom & Ireland MCD is nothing without its members, and we're now on the lookout for members with a very particular set of skills; skills acquired over a very long career perhaps. We're looking for LOTS of roles, from management positions to training, PR and operations. Here's the full list:

  • Public Relations Coordinator (and Assistant if we have enough suitable candidates!)
  • Training Advisors (multiple roles available for both pilot and ATC training)
  • Trainers (multiple roles available for both pilot and ATC training)
  • Assistant Webmaster (with a particular focus on Laravel)
  • London FIR Assistant Chief
  • Scottish FIR Chief
  • Flight Operations Coordinator
  • Special Operations Assistant Coordinator

As per IVAO regulations, some roles have an age limit of 16+ and others are 18+, you can find specifics on each of the vacancy pages!

APPLY NOW at https://xu.ivao.aero/about/vacancies or email xu-hq@ivao.aero if you have any questions

ATC Operations Coordinator
Control your local airport in massive FRA shakeup!
January 16, 2022, 12:08 pm

Today we're announcing the biggest shakeup of Facility Rating Assignments - the things that either let you control somewhere or restrict you from doing so - in the history of IVAO United Kingdom & Ireland.

The division is moving to re-incentivise training and examination. With more training staff putting up more availability training sessions will become structured and regular. We expect that members will be able to go from an AS3 rating to passing their ADC exam in an average of six weeks.

From Thursday 27 January 2022 division members will be able to control practically EVERY airfield, aerodrome and airport - from the smallest of GA airfields up to the biggest international airports like London Heathrow or Dublin.

However, this does mean we'll be making some changes to the airports people are currently able to control. 

The following airfields will see increased restrictions:

  • EGAA: TWR to ADC, APP to APC

However exceptions will be made after this date for those wishing to complete their training at EGPF, EGCC, EGSS or EIDW.

We're also launching a short-term waiting list for current AS2, AS3 and ADC members, including those currently in training. Any member who joins the waiting list by filling out the form will be able to continue to control at the above aerodromes without the above ratings rating until 14 July 2022.

As more airfields become available to control, so too will more documentation. You'll find that in the IVAO XU Wiki at https://wiki2.xu.ivao.aero/

So, welcome to 2022 and the year of "control from home, your home aerodrome!"

ATC Operations Coordinator
Community Sectorfile Launch
January 16, 2022, 11:35 am

You asked for it and it's finally here! Many of you will have noticed the changes to the sectorfile in the last couple of weeks and now we're able to explain why.

A group of extremely talented members have spent several weeks rebuilding the EGTT/EGPX sectorfile from the ground up (literally!) and now they've started on the EISN sectorfile too.

There's too many new features to list but here's a few for you: taxiway and holding point labels, SIDs and STARs, VRPs and RMAs per airport, faster loading coastline, better performance and less chance of Aurora crashes.

So what makes this a COMMUNITY sectorfile? Well, it's on Github and it's there for you to help develop!

You can read more about configuring the sectorfiles at https://wiki2.xu.ivao.aero/en/atc/sectorfile

Want to help out? Head over to Github and make your first pull request! https://github.com/IVAO-XU/

ATC Operations Coordinator
First divisional groupflight causes chaos in Spain!
August 28, 2021, 12:29 pm

More than 30 pilots from the United Kingdom and Ireland MCD, as well as from Spain and Germany, descended on the Spanish island of Mallorca in our first divisional groupflight.

Taking advantage of the Spanish division's "Online Day", held every Friday, pilots flew from airports of their choosing across London, including Stansted, Gatwick and Luton, with around 20 of the aircraft then arriving in to the Palma approach sector within 15 minutes of each other, and the remaining pilots following not far behind!

Created to build the community spirit of division members we spent the evening in Discord chatting, joking and getting to know each other.

Anyone who took part, either as an air traffic controller or as a pilot, can sibmit a PIREP for a point towards their ATC or Pilot Events Awards respectively at https://xu.ivao.aero/community/awards.

IVAO XU would like to thank the controllers on Paris and Brest Control in France, as well as Barcelona Radar, Palma Approach sectors LL1, LL2 and FINAL, Tower and Ground. Thank you for your fantastic service providing us full air traffic control throughout our flight, adding immersion and realism and showing just what IVAO is here for. A community, worldwide.

Our next event is at Bristol on 16 September, we're hoping it's just as busy!

IVAO Shop Orders Now Available!
January 10, 2021, 10:41 pm

We are pleased to announce that orders to the United Kingdom and Ireland are now available, BUT WAIT! You can order all items with FREE DELIVERY between the 8th and 11th January 2021. Orders outside of this time will be charged at normal rates.



Public Relations Coordinator
Farnborough LARS
January 10, 2021, 10:39 pm

Farnborough LARS is now available on the network, detailed documentation can be found on the Wiki: https://xu.ivao.aero/assets/files/atcops/EGLF-LARS-OM.pdf

Public Relations Coordinator
Extension to SE DEPS
January 4, 2021, 9:40 am

Area Controllers - The LoA between EBBU and EGTT has been updated, effective **7th January 2021** the DE DEPS sector will be extended to include the GODLU sector. However, on IVAO the GODLU stub remains with LFFF and is not delegated to EGTL. 


Public Relations Coordinator