About the GCC Region

The GCC Region (XG) Division of the International Virtual Aviation Organisation (IVAO) is a multi-country division (MCD) which represents Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.
The XG Division provides localised information for its members and is the first point of contact for most matters. The XG Division is responsible for publishing documentation, procedures and charts for its area of responsibility as well as organising events and tours and providing training.

General Guidelines

When operating in the GCC Division, please observe the following general IVAO XG rules:


Whenever practicable, 122.800 and 121.500 should be continuously monitored unless another frequency (ATC station for example) is more appropriate.


All altitudes are above mean sea level (AMSL) in feet.

  • Transition altitude: 13000ft, fixed.
  • Transition level: FL150, also fixed.

Squawk codes

The following codes are allocated for use by pilots, without direction from ATC for the purposes specified. Use these codes unless ATC instruct otherwise:

  • Code 7700 – Aircraft Emergency
  • Code 7600 – Radio Failure

Speed restrictions

Do not exceed the 250kts IAS below 10,000ft unless you have permission from ATC, or the classification of airspace you are flying in means you are exempt from the rule. Military aircraft may also exceed the restriction.


Altimeter settings are in millibars and the standard setting is 1013mb (1013.25mbs to be precise).

No available ATC

Intentions must be broadcast on the Unicom frequency of 122.800


Charts for airports in the GCC are available through the Aeronautical Information Service. Details on how to get charts can be found in the charts section of the website. We strongly recommend you use them.