IVAO Ireland > New Members > Getting Started

Get started in 5 easy steps !

1. Create an IVAO account

If you haven't done so already, you can now create your IVAO account! Read all the instructions carefully.

2. Install the software

To fly or control online, you'll need to install the following software.

To fly:

    IvAp is the software which makes it possible for your computer to communicate with the IVAO network. The users of X-Plane use the X-IvAp version. Included in this package is the MTL Dynamic Installer. MTL stands for Multiplayer Traffic Library which allows you to see other pilots' liveries.

To control:

    IvAc is the IVAO ATC client. This is your "radar" and will enable you to provide air traffic control services to pilots. Make sure you download the latest sector file from the resources section.

Voice communications:

    Teamspeak allows pilots and controllers to communicate with each other on voice. Although text communication is possible, the experience is much more realistic.


    IvAe "The Eye" gives an overview of the live network without having to actually connect. You can obtain information about the flights in progress, ATC positions, METARs, events, scheduling, network statistics, and much more. If you are familiar with ServInfo - IvAe is IVAOs equivalent.
    Dolomynum Is a 3rd party, lightweight, replacement for IvAe, it has less features then IvAe but it is less heavy for your computer.

More IVAO related software can be downloaded from the IVAO Software Development Department.

Lastly, make sure you read the relevant manuals as most of the questions you'll have will be answered within them.

3. Preparation

To fly or control on IVAO you don't need to be an aviation expert. However it is important that:

To fly:

  • You are already familiar with your software (eg. Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane, etc.)
  • You are comfortable flying with the aircraft which you want to use on IVAO
  • You have basic understanding of air traffic control services and have read the Basic Pilot (IvAp) guide. This will also prepare you for the first theory exam.

To control:

  • You have attempted to familiarize yourself with IvAc, the IVAO ATC client.
  • You have read the Basic ATC (IvAc) guide. This will also prepare you for the first theory exam.

If you have any doubts about one of these points, it would be best to learn more BEFORE attempting to fly on your own. The Ireland division is more then willing to help you with this.

4. Know the rules of IVAO

You will find the rules and regulations of IVAO here.

The rules at IVAO have been carved from many years of experience. Many of them are common sense, but you should read them so you're aware exactly what is expected of you. If you agree to follow them, continue to the next step.

5. Your first connection

Here some tips for your first connection:


  • Use an aircraft which you know well and are comfortable with.
  • Position your aircraft on the apron or a parking position away from the runway. NOTE: Do not connect on the runway, for obvious reasons.
  • Indicate on your flight plan that it is your first connection. If the air traffic controllers aren't too busy, they will be more than happy to help.


  • It's best to observe another controller before opening a position yourself. Feel free to message another controller to ask questions, or contact the training department to arrange an introductory training session.
  • New controllers generally begin their career on Ground or Tower positions at smaller, quieter airports.

Finally, the IVAO community is friendly, informative and laid back. Don't worry about making a fool of yourself - you wont. Be sure to sign up to our forum (link on the left) and launch yourself into the world that is IVAO.

See you online!