Intercontinental Airways VA (tag IAVA) was a virtual airline founded in late August 2011 by HawkbitAlpha and Darris XTMRage on August 31st, 2011. Together with Penguin Airways, IAVA helped create a resurgence in the civilian YS world that would eventually give rise to the more successful Hawaiian Airways.


IAVA first grew its business primarily through an unconventional campaign of pilot recruiting by its CEO, HawkbitAlpha, which spanned multiple YS servers. A week after its foundation, acf492, a real-life pilot responsible for creating the Civ-02 Civilian Group manual, joined the VA; initially entering as a pilot, acf was quickly promoted to the position of Executive Officer (EXO). After a month of operation, IAVA was officially granted Certification-In-Progress (CIP) status by YSFHQ, with 7 pilots in its roster at the time.

IAVA's staff and members held most of the company's discussion outside of YS on its Forumotion board. In March 2012, a hostile raid on the VA's forum, compounded by Hawkbit's handling of it, thoroughly shook its membership to the point that many of the active pilots left. Though Hawkbit and acf attempted to carry on IAVA's operations by searching for new pilots to hire, the effort failed, partially due to Hawaiian Airways's growing dominance of the civilian YS sector at the time. Ultimately, IAVA faded into obscurity by the end of 2012, before being officially shut down by CEO Hawkbit in 2014. The VA's Forumotion site was eventually locked for good and deleted in 2017.


IAVA 737 MAX 7 (created by Dragonheart R1) on the PHNL apron

Plagued from the start with problems, IAVA did not have a fleet pack for more than a year after its foundation, and, in its CEO's words, "by the time we finally received a fleet pack, there was no one left to even fly with it." Hawkbit's wild ambitions for the VA's operations also served as a detriment to the organization: for example, one of his propositions for the VA's fleet pack was to include a fighter jet to serve as an escort (this idea stemmed from his ongoing vendetta with the 171st at the time). The airline's poor organization could be best represented by its fleet pack, consisting of three airliners all painted in different patterns - a product of Hawkbit and acf separately presenting their own livery proposals (Hawkbit for the 747 and 777, and acf for the 737 MAX 7) to two different modders. Today, Hawkbit refers to his dysfunctional operation of IAVA as a prime example of how not to run a YS virtual airline.

In August 2018, Hawkbit attempted to re-launch Intercontinental Airways with a new structure and staff team (while reusing the same fleet pack), but quickly abandoned the effort due to a combination of technical problems and an overall lack of activity in YS civil aviation.

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