Righto, here goes my attempt to explain how to get set up on the Multiplayer Online network IVAO (International Virtual Aviation Organisation). For those that don't know exactly what all the hubbub is about I'll give you a little explanation at the start.Information
IVAO can be found at www.ivao.aero
. IVAO is popular because members can experience real ATC by real people (a world better than default FS ATC). On IVAO you can choose to be a pilot, controller, or both. Flying on IVAO you will be able to see other member's aircraft, as well as recieve ATC, and real-world weather. There are world and division VFR, IFR and Special Operations Tours that you can complete. You will recieve awards and badges for certain things. To name a few; 'Division IFR Tour Award' after you complete a Division IFR Tour, 'Sailing Events Award', for gliding events, 'Division Meeting Award', for attending a real-world meet, you get the idea.
You can proceed through the ranks from a Second Flight Officer, to a Senior Flight Captain, and from a Student 1, to a Controller 3 and more. Progessing through ranks you will need to meet hour requirements, theoretical and practical exams. IVAO also has a forum at forum.ivao.aero
and an IRC Chat Room.Registration
To join IVAO, go to www.ivao.aero
, and click "Join IVAO!" on the menu, then select "Person" and follow the instructions. You can change all of the details later so don't loose too much sleep over what you are going to enter in the boxes. You can use any email adress in the registration (ISP, Hotmail, Gmail etc).
After you complete the registration, you will recieve a temporary ID and password email. Follow the instructions in the email to recieve your permanent ID and password. You will have two passwords; one to be used when logging into the IVAO site - the Website Password - and one to be used when logging onto the network - the Network Password.
After this step you are now a member of IVAO.
You can always access and update your details by clicking on the top link ("My Details") under the Services tab on the main menu. Divisions
The IVAO World is split up into divisions based on political regions. For example, the New Zealand Division, the German Division, the Canadian Division etc. The divisions are labelled with the ISO Codes, the NZ Division (duh), the DE Division (Germany) and the CA Division (Canada).
If you are not a member of the division you would like to be, or would wish to change divisions, you can change it after you are registered, so don't lose too much sleep over it. Software
IVAO creates and distributes its own software for use on its network, and is arguably second to none as it is custom-made. There are several programs available created by the IVAO Software Development Team.
IvAp - The IVAO Pilot Client. Used to connect to the network when you are planning to fly. Has Pushback and TCAS modules included. Also allows you to send a flightplan.
IvAc - The IVAO ATC Client. Used to connect to the network when you plan to control. Has multiple features, including QDM and VERA. Allows you to control aircraft efficiently and effectively.
IvAe - The Eye of IVAO. An equivilent to ServInfo. Allows you to view huge amounts of information in an easy-to-use format. Weather Info, the IVAO NavData Database, Lists of Pilots and Controllers, Friends list, map with optional satellite and weather overlay options, sorting traffic and controllers by country - to name a few.
X-IvAp - The IVAO Pilot Client for X-Plane users.
IvAi - The IVAO Interface. Allows controllers to have a tower view and radar with only one connection. Similar to PcProxy, now you can actually see the traffic you are controlling. Includes tower models.
Recently the IVAO Intercom has been released, allowing controllers to easily call each other via Skype.
Comprehensive manuals are included with all software to make getting set up and connecting as easy as possible.Other
A common misconception is that you need broadband to be able to connect and use IVAO properly, hundreds of users connect regularly with dial-up and use voice comms with no trouble at all. Dial-up will work fine and is a perfectly acceptable way to use IVAO.
Thats really all I can think of at the moment. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in this topic, PM, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org
). If you reply in this thread, I may incorporate the question and answer into this entry, then delete your reply to keep the thread clean.