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Ruby API to the Vatbook service for reading and parsing Vatsim pilot and ATC bookings. Booking query requests are made by FIR and individual bookings are returned as objects, exposing a rich set of attributes. Supports excluding enroute pilot bookings. Supports pulling pilot and atc bookings separately or as a combined hash.

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Ruby 1.9.3 or higher | Supports Ruby 2.0!


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'vatbook'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install vatbook


This gem provides one public method: vatbook, which can be applied to any string (or variable containing a string) representing a full or partial FIR ICAO code.

For example if you want to retrieve all active stations (ATC positions and pilots) for Bosnia-Herzegovina FIR (ICAO: LQSB), then you can use:

# Attaching the method directly to a string:

# Attaching the method to a variable containing a string:
fir = "LQSB"

Anatomy of method returns

The vatbook method returns a hash of 2 elements: 1) the matching atc bookings, 2) all matching pilots bookings. Each of those is an array, cosnsisting of station objects. Each of these objects includes a number of attributes:

fir.vatbook # => {:atc => [a1, a2, a3 ...], :pilots => [p1, p2, p3, p4 ...]}

fir.vatbook[:atc] #=> [a1, a2, a3 ...]
fir.vatbook[:pilots] #=> [p1, p2, p3 ...]

fir.vatbook[:atc].first #=> a1
fir.vatbook[:pilots].first #=> p1

a1.callsign #=> "LQSA_APP" #=> "Svilen Vassilev"
a1.cid #=> "1175035"
a1.start #=> "2012-10-08 08:00:00"
a1.end #=> "2012-10-08 10:00:00"


p1.callsign #=> "ACH217S" #=> "Dragomir Andonovic"
p1.cid #=> "931960"
p1.dep #=> "LQSA"
p1.arr #=> "LDSP"
p1.route #=> "VRANA L5 KENEM"
p1.aircraft #=> "AT72"

Station attributes

Here's a complete list of the station object attributes that can be accessed:

Common attributes for atc and pilots:

  • cid (VATSIM ID)
  • callsign
  • name
  • role (atc or pilot)
  • fir (the FIR ICAO used in the request)
  • start (planned start time)
  • end (planned end time)

Pilot specific attributes

  • dep (planned departure airport)
  • arr (planned destination airport)
  • route (planned route)
  • aircraft (planned aircraft type)
  • enroute (boolean, whether or not the flight is enroute for the FIR)

Customizing the request

The vatbook method can be customized by passing in a hash-style collection of arguments. The currently supported arguments and their defaults are:

:enroute => true     # Possible values: true, false. Default: true

The :enroute => false option can be used to exclude all booked flights that are enroute for the selected FIR, i.e. don't originate or end on one of the FIR's airports. Example:

# Lets exclude all enroute pilot bookings for LQSB FIR and only display bookings
# that are outbound/inbound one of Bosnia-Herzegovina airports:

"LQSB".vatbook(:enroute => false) #=> [pilot1, pilot2, pilot3...]


v. 0.2.1 - 16 December 2013

  • minor changes, dependencies

v. 0.2 - 28 February 2013

  • Ruby 2.0 support
  • dependencies update
  • classes refactored

v. 0.1 - 22 October 2012

  • Initial release


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Make sure all tests pass
  6. Create new Pull Request


Copyright © 2013 Svilen Vassilev

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Released under the MIT LICENSE


Ruby API to the Vatbook service for reading Vatsim pilot and ATC bookings







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