What is GCA?

GCA is the acronym of Guest Controller Approval, it allow at members of foreign divisions to control in XG division countries.

Countries included:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • Oman

1. Foreword

The IVAO GCC Division is following the Guest Controller Approval policy described in the IVAO Rules and Regulations: http://www.ivao.aero/rulregs/controllers.htm
Rule 5.1.7: Divisions may require members of foreign divisions to obtain a Guest Controller Approval Before being allowed to log in on FRA restricted positions. Divisions shall announce their participation and publish their requirements on the division’s web site.
All ATC positions are subject to the Facility Rating Assignments (FRAs) which are enforced by the XG Division and require a Guest Controller Approval (GCA) for non XG members.

2. Minimum requirements to request GCA

The XG division expects GCA applicants to hold a rating that is at least equivalent to the position they apply for. Therefore, we will only issue GCAs for members with an ATC rating of “ADC Aerodrome Controller” or higher. The list below shows which ATC positions you can cover:

ADC rating -> DEL/GND/TWR



There can be exceptions for experienced ADC controllers wishing to trial Approach Positions listed within the FRA’s. This also applies to experienced APC controllers wishing to try Centre positions. This exception can be done if the GCA applicant asks and goes through the GCA practical test required with an XG division examiner, in order to control the positions listed in the FRA’s. Furthermore, the XG division expects GCA applicants to know our airspace structures, such as UIR, FIR, Semi-circular flight levels rule, and the local procedures. For that we suggest you to see our website, Letter Of Agreements (aka LOAs) and local Standard Operation Procedures (aka SOPs)

3. Approval process

To apply for a GCA approval you will need to meet the requirements stated above. If you meet them, visit our UserHub (link below) and go to the “GCA System” section. You may fill in your application for a GCA. Your request will be allocated to one of the staff within the training department who will contact you. Expect that your knowledge about local procedures will be put to the test. Once your GCA checkout is completed, it will be reviewed and validated by XG-TC or XG-TAC.

4. Removal of GCA

Your GCA can be revoked at any time if:

  • You violate one of the IVAO’s R&Rs.
  • Don’t behave according to the IVAO spirit. We have zero tolerance for disruptive, disrespectful and rude members.
  • You don’t show a good knowledge of the local procedures and the XG Division’s local procedures.
  • You don’t control at least 3 hours every 3 month.