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21 July 2013 - Important changes to NATS PIB briefs
Please be aware that NATS have recently changed the contents of the PIB briefs and removed all the aerodrome Notams from the area briefs due to IT bandwitdh issues.


28 April 2011 - Version 7.10 Released
This version includes the following updates:
  • Fix for the recent AIS website changes to allow remote login again


11 August 2010 - Version 7.03 Released
This version includes the following updates:
  • Notam Tree: Bug fix for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Database: Added Little Snoring aerodrome
  • Database: Added Lower Upham aerodrome
  • Database: Added Roughay Farm aerodrome
  • Database: Correct Watton aerodrome location


27 May 2010 - Version 7.02 Released
This version includes the following database updates:
  • Removed St.Mawgan aerodrome and MATZ
  • Changed Llanbedr aerodrome to disused
  • Added Talybont aerodrome
  • Added Peniarth aerodrome
  • Removed EG D411 danger area
  • Removed EG D441 danger area


21 November 2009 - Version 7.01 Released
These latest enhancements include updates:
  • Algorithm: Improved for bounded areas
  • Notam Treeview: Bug fix for selecting Notam's for printing


14 October 2009 - Version 7.00 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Database: France added to database and option to download French FIRs added
  • Database: Corrected positions of certain UK Goverment Aerodromes
  • Toolbar: Updated some of the toolbar icons
  • Map: Some fonts now scale correctly for all zoom levels to help declutter the map
  • Map: Radio Navigation Aids can now be displayed on the map
  • Map: Changed colours to enhance the map on LCD monitors
  • Find Dialogue: Added ability to search and show radio nav aids on map
  • Dialogue: PIB download window changed position of buttons and re-ordered Tab key order
  • Dialogue: Route Editor window re-ordered Tab key order
  • Misc: More detailed help message if the weather download fails
  • Misc: Corrected spelling of weather decode 'PROB' to 'PROBABILITY'
  • Misc: Corrected TAF decode of validity times


13 September 2009 - Sneak preview of version 7.00
A soon to be released update of Notam Check will include these latest enhancements and more:
  • Database: France added to database and option to download for French FIRs
  • Toolbar: Updated some of the toolbar icons
  • Map: Radio Navigation Aids can now be displayed on the map
  • Miscellaneous changes and bug fixes

French and UK Notams decoded and plotted:
French Database added

Radio navigation aids plotted on the map (Map shows area near Heathrow, London):
Radio Navigation Aids shown on map


12 July 2009 - Staff holidays may cause delay to our support
Due to staff holidays, delays may occur to processing of registrations and also answering technical support questions. We wish to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and normal levels of service will return after 17th July 2009.


20 June 2009 - Version 6.05 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Algorithm: Improved for Red Arrow transits


28 March 2009 - Version 6.04 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Download: More than one FIR can be downloaded and processed at same time
  • Options: English decode of Notam description, 'Decode Times' now changed to 'Decode Coded Lines'
  • Database: Added Doncaster airspace
  • Print Map: Added current Time and Date to the printed map
  • Algorithm: Improved for French bounded areas
  • English Decode: New AIS Notam format 'From' and 'To' times decoded
  • Misc: Weather download progress bar no longer forces main Windows focus


09 November 2008 - Version 6.03 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Weather English Decode: Now decodes new format TAFs correctly


01 September 2008 - Version 6.02 Released
Both V6.00 and V6.01 had a bug which set the incorrect defaults for the PIB download, this only affected first time installations of Notam Check. This version now fixes that bug along with other enhancements:
  • Database: Danger Areas updated
  • Database: Prohibited Areas updated
  • Database: Restricted Areas updated
  • Bug Fix: First time install set incorrect defaults for PIB download


25 August 2008 - Version 6.01 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Help file: Updated
  • Route: BGA Turning Points 2008 updated
  • Misc: Map zoom slider bar made longer for easier setting
  • Bug Fix: 'Weather not downloaded' message appears after PIB processing to fix bug
  • Bug Fix: Notam tree window check boxes for printing now work 100% correctly


10 August 2008 - Version 6.00 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Download: Automatic login and download from NATS AIS website
  • PIB: Added ability to process multiple appended PIBs
  • License: Message box appears if no valid license is found
  • English Decode: Notam height information added to decode


02 August 2008 - New version coming very soon
Version 6.00 is expected for release around 9th August 2008. This version will once again allow automatic download of the PIB from the new NATS AIS website.


13 June 2008 - Version 5.30 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Paste: Pre-formatting of new format AIS PIB when pasting direct into PIB window for easier reading
  • Parser: Improved to cope with new AIS UK data and still compatible with original NATS data if it return to service
  • Database: Added 24 various Scottish aerodromes
Note: This version is intended to work with the new AIS website although Notam Check can not automatically download the data from the AIS server.

To use:
  1. Use an internet browser to navigate to http://www.ais.org.uk
  2. Click the NOTAM link
  3. Login
  4. Click on your chosen brief i.e. VFR FIR Brief - EGTT (London FIR) or VFR FIR Brief - EGPX (Scottish FIR)
  5. Right click the web page and click Select All
  6. Right click the web page and click Copy
  7. Run Notam Check, select from the menu, Edit then Paste
  8. From within Notam Check, select from the menu, Tools then Process PIB


10 June 2008 - New version coming very soon
The Notam Check team is very busy working on an update to allow it to work with the new format AIS PIBs. This version will require the user to paste the PIB into Notam Check PIB window but it will address the issues currently found with the temporary workaround.

We intend this version to be fully compatible with the old format NATS PIBs data if in case those are returned for users to download.

Estimated release date of this new version is 14 June 2008 or before.



08 June 2008 - Temporary workaround for changes to NATS website
The following workaround is a temporary solution to cope with the changes on the NATS web site.

  1. Use an internet browser to navigate to http://www.ais.org.uk
  2. Click the NOTAM link
  3. Login
  4. Click on either VFR FIR Brief - EGTT (London FIR) or VFR FIR Brief - EGPX (Scottish FIR)
  5. Right click the web page and click Select All
  6. Right click the web page and click Copy
  7. Open and run Windows program Notepad (Start->Programs->Accessories->Notepad) or any plain text editor
  8. From within Notepad, select from the menu, Edit then Paste
  9. From within Notepad, select from the menu, Edit then Select All
  10. From within Notepad, select from the menu, Edit then Copy
  11. Run Notam Check, select from the menu, Edit then Paste
  12. From within Notam Check, select from the menu, Tools then Process PIB
Please note the following known problems for this temporary workaround:
  • There are no Notam IDs for each plotted Notam.
  • There is no text list of plotted, unplotted etc Notams
  • The English decode of Notams may decode more than the chosen Notam due to missing carriage returns in the PIB
  • Aerodrome Notams are not found or decoded


06 June 2008 - Major changes to NATS website and PIB downloads
If you are seeing a 'Page not Found' instead of a downloaded PIB this is due to major changes on the NATS website.

Notam Check's default download for PIBs is the NATS website. NATS website have recently removed the original format PIBS and replaced them with non ICAO format.

NATS have informed us that they have a schedule of work to take place "by the end of the month" which will include replacing the Q) line. We have requested them to restore the previous ICAO format PIB in full.

As it stands, UK pilots have no free complete source of an entire FIR PIB in ICAO format that can be downloaded in one page. We suggest you, as individual pilots, also email NATS to apply more pressure to them and try to get them to do the work sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, if you can find an alternative source of ICAO format UK PIBs, Notam Check can be configured under Tools->Options to download from any other website.


05 November 2007 - Version 5.20 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Flight Log: New Tools feature to calculate pilots Flight Log for entered route
  • Database: Added Damyns Hall (EGML) Aerodrome
  • Database: Added 161 disused aerodromes
  • Database: Corrected position of 'BRR' NDB
  • Printing: Changes to printing of selected Notams due to changes of NATS PIB formating
  • Help file: Updated


08 October 2007 - New version coming very soon
Notam Check has almost finished it latest upgrade and will soon be available for download. New features will include:

  • Flight Log: New feature to calculate pilots Flight Log for the entered route
  • Database: Added 161 disused aerodromes


15 July 2007 - Temporary delays to email response
Over the next 4 days we may experience delays in responding to emails and processing payment for registering Notam Check due to reduced staff numbers this week.

Please be patient during this time as your requests will be processed as soon as possible in strict order as we receive them. We apologise for any temporary inconvenience this may cause.


02 July 2007 - Version 5.10 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Map: Can now move mouse over aerodromes and click to cycle through aerodrome Notams
  • Payment: Made simpler, no more email integration required, Notam Check opens improved website payment page
  • Route Editor: Fixed bug, inserting aerodrome waypoints no longer corrupts arc minutes settings of following nav aid or BGA turning points
  • Database: EG D060 removed
  • Database: EG D061 added
  • Database: EG D323D updated
  • Database: EG D323F added
  • Database: Corrected EG R095 label


22 June 2007 - Preview of new One-Click Aerodrome Notams
A new feature, soon to be released, will allow the user to check for Aerodrome Notams with just one click of the mouse.

Just by hovering the mouse over an aerodrome will show if there are any aerodrome Notams. A small text window will indicate the number of Notams, if any, and the user can then click to read each one in turn.

This new feature will make checking Notams even quicker and easier. This feature will be in the next version of Notam Check due to be available for download around the 1st July 2007.

One Click Aerodrome Notams


30 January 2007 - Version 5.04 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Weather download: Bug fix to avoid repeated weather download when using IE7
  • Help file: Updated


17 December 2006 - Christmas Sale
For a limited period of time, we are offering you Notam Check at half the displayed normal price until 31st December 2006. The Notam Check team wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


28 November 2006 - Version 5.03 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Zoom Home Aerodrome: Fixed bug, user adjusted zoom level now matches map zoom level correctly
  • Database: EG D510 updated, EG D510A added
  • Route Editor: Fixed bug, selection of aerodromes with no ICAO ID works correctly again
  • Route Editor: Fixed bug, destination coordinates minutes now works correctly
  • Weather download: Blank URL's are not requested from internet to avoid IE7 lockup


12 November 2006 - Internet Explorer 7 users
Users with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 installed may be experiencing a long wait for the weather to download.

A temporary workaround for this is to select from Notam Check's menu Tools->Options, then the 'web weather download' tab and then copy the 4th URL into the 5th URL position for both METARs and TAFs.



31 October 2006 - - Version 5.00 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Help File: Updated
  • Route Editor: All co-ordinates are now entered in degrees and minutes to match usual representation
  • Route Editor: Fixed bug, nav aids selection list now correctly refreshed when re-editing waypoint
  • Tree View: Notams are now displayed with the Q code decoded
  • Tree View: Fixed bug, last Plotted Notam is now correctly referenced when clicked
  • Map: Now plotted in simple conical projection for less distortion at high northern latitudes
  • Map: Restricted and Prohibited area now displayed
  • Map: Danger zone names also displayed
  • Zoom: Improved scaling increments and increased maximum zoom level
  • Drag Zoom: Fixed bug, can now drag zoom correctly at extreme latitudes
  • Database: Added London Airport CTA
  • Database: Added Luton CTA8 and CTA9
  • Database: Added Newcastle CTA3 to CTA7
  • Database: Added Prestwick airspace
  • Database: Added Stumburgh airspace
  • Database: Updated Bristol and Cardiff airspace
  • Database: Updated East Midlands airspace
  • Database: Coltishall MATZ removed
  • Database: Various ATZ sizes corrected or added
  • Database: Added Bedlands Gate
  • Database: Added Bucknall
  • Database: Added Darlton
  • Database: Added Enniskillen (St Angelo)
  • Database: Added Watton
  • Database: Added Wingland


22 September 2006 - New version coming very soon
Notam Check has almost finished it latest upgrade and will soon be available for download. New features will include:

  • Improved route editor co-ordinate entry
  • Notam codes displayed on the tree view panel are now part decoded
  • Map projection is now conical instead of Mercator for less distortion
  • Danger zone names now shown
  • Numerous database updates including the new Bristol and Cardiff zones


12 August 2006 - Holiday & Change of Office
Horizons Aviation will be moving their office over the next 3 weeks and we may experience loss of email support for a few days during the move. This coupled with technical support staff shortages due to the summer holiday season will mean there may be delays in our response time to answering emails and processing payments.

Please be patient during this time as your requests will be processed as soon as possible as always. We apologise for any temporary inconvenience this may cause.


16 April 2006 - Contact details change
Due to a recent web forum discussion where it became apparent someone was having problems with email only communication with us, we have decided to change our contact details to include a telephone number.

We would appreciate if people only use this telephone number for credit card payment problems and in extreme cases where email communications have failed due to ISP compatibility problems.


01 April 2006 - Version 4.30 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Download: Default web URLs for PIB download changed to fix 'Page Not Found' problem
  • Map: Drag zoom now shows a box same aspect ratio as map window centred on right click position
  • Database: Corrected mislabling for 'Kirton on Lindsey'


31 March 2006 - PIB Download - Page Not Found Problem
Users of Notam Check may have noticed recently that the PIB download fails with the message 'Page Not Found'. This is due to the NATS website changing the URLs for the PIBs from their previous URLs which have been the same for many years.

To continue downloading PIBs as before, you need to follow these instructions (Alternatively, download the latest version V4.30 which includes a fix for this):
  1. Select from menu, Tools -> Options
  2. Click on the 'Web PIB Download' tab.
  3. There are 5 URLs, each starting with http://www.nats.co.uk/...
  4. Change each of the 5 URLs, to start with http://pibs.nats.co.uk/...
  5. Click OK to finish.
  6. Note: Clicking on Set Defaults will set the URLs to the incorrect settings as shown on line 3 above. This will be fixed on future versions of Notam Check.


24 December 2005 - Version 4.20 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Win 95,98,ME re-supported although enhanced graphics are automatically disabled
  • Database: Approx. 57 microlight sites added
  • Map: All High Intensity Radio Transmission Areas (HIRTA) over 0.5nm radius shown
  • Database: Corrected co-ordinates for Long Mynd gliding site
  • Printer: User selected printer from Print Setup now works correctly
  • Misc: Added TRAs and Red Arrows info Telephone number to Process Dialogue


03 December 2005 - Win95, 98, ME to be fully re-supported again
The next release of Notam Check will fully support Windows 95, 98 and ME again. The recent enhanced graphics caused problems on older operating systems and although this is a technical issue that cannot be resolved, future versions of Notam Check will automatically check your Windows version and disable the enhanced graphics for Windows 95,98 and ME. The enhanced graphics will still be fully enabled for all later versions of Windows.

The next version of Notam Check will also have extra features added to the map display including Microlight sites and High Intensity Radio Transmission Areas (HIRTA).


24 November 2005 - Version 4.10 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • English Decode: Q line information is now available and decoded
  • Database: Approx. 90 gliding sites added
  • Map: Gliding sites now shown along with vertical limits in 1000's of feet


10 November 2005 - New version coming very soon
The NOTAMs in the Pre-Flight Information Bulletins are now published containing the original 'Q' line. This line has additional information that can be decoded and represented to the pilot.

The new version will address several issues concerning the 'Q' line.


09 November 2005 - Website hosting change complete
The domain name www.notamchceck.com has now been transferred to a new web hosting company. We apologise if you experienced problems when emailing.

If you have had an email bounce back recently please send it again.


14 October 2005 - Website may be temporary down
Some time during October, the domain name www.notamchceck.com will be transferred to a new web hosting company. During this transfer you may experience problems when emailing and accessing this website.

This website can still be accessed via the www.notamcheck.co.uk domain and emails will still reach us if you replace the .com ending with .co.uk i.e. you can still use the email address info@notamcheck.co.uk


20 August 2005 - Windows 95, 98 and ME problems
Some users of older operating system such as Windows 95 may be experiencing problems running the latest Version 4.00. The problem is due to limited resources on the Win95 system but may also affect Win98 and WinME systems too.

The problem occurs starting Notam Check with a message such as 'Run time Error 480 - Cannot Autoredraw'. Until we find a fix for this problem users of Win95, 98 and ME operating systems can download version V3.41 from the download page.


01 August 2005 - Version 4.00 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Map: Enhanced graphics with faster redraw, low resolution map option removed
  • Route Editor: Fixed bug for destination and departure aerodrome E/W co-ords
  • Database: Removed EG D112N and EG D112S danger areas
  • Database: Added EG D803 danger area
  • Database: Added Doncaster Sheffield (Robin Hood) airport


18 July 2005 - Sneak preview of new graphic enhancements
NOTAM Check is currently having all new graphic routines written to enhance the map views. Soon you will be able to view the map in full colour.

New graphics


29 June 2005 - Version 3.41 Released
These latest enhancements include:
  • Changes to 'Purchase Full Version' form to include instructions for credit/debit cards
  • Algorithm improved for Nav Aids and fixed small bug


23 June 2005 - All major UK credit cards now accepted
We can now accept payment for registration of Notam Check with major credit and debit cards. Cards accepted are Mastercard, Visa, Switch, Solo, Visa Electron, Delta and Maestro. This will allow us to process your order typically within 1 to 4 days depending on your bank.


22 May 2005 - Version 3.40 Released
These latest enhancements include popular requests from pilots:
  • English Decode for all NOTAMs in real time
  • User can now select individual NOTAMs for printing, with or without English decode
  • User can now select individual TAFs and METARs for printing, with or without English decode
  • NOTAMs also displayed and grouped by 'All', 'Plotted' and 'Unplotted' data trees
  • User route can now include Nav Aid waypoints
  • New Toolbar button added for 'Zoom to Home Aerodrome'
  • Plus many algorithm enhancements


19 May 2005 - Version 3.40 Available soon
The latest version of Notam Check will be available very soon. It's release date has been delayed from our original plans but it is well worth the wait. These latest enhancements include popular requests from pilots:
  • English Decode for all NOTAMs in real time
  • User can now select individual NOTAMs for printing, with or without English decode
  • User can now select individual TAFs and METARs for printing, with or without English decode
  • NOTAMs also displayed and grouped by 'All', 'Plotted' and 'Unplotted' data trees
  • New Toolbar button added for 'Zoom to Home Aerodrome'
  • Plus many algorithm enhancements


17 May 2005 - New Website
The Notam Check team are proud to present our new website. Not only does it have a whole new look and feel, but we have also changed our web hosts to bring you faster and more reliable downloads.


2 November 2004 - Version 3.30 Released
The latest enhancement due to popular demand is a map Print Preview. Now you can see exactly what the map will look like before you print and see in seconds whether potrait or landscape is best.

The printing routines have been also improved and map text now prints right up to the papers edge


20 September 2004 - Version 3.20 Released
NOTAM Check has just finished a major upgrade. The user route can now have multiple waypoints including aerodromes, co-ordinates or British Gliding Association Turning Points. The route can now be saved for use at a later date.

UK airspace including Class A, Class D, MATZ's and ATZ's can now be shown on map. The user also now has the choice to display the NOTAM ID code onto the map.

The whole look of NOTAM Check has been modernised to include new toolbar buttons and splash screen.


14 July 2004 - Version 3.11 Released
NOTAM Check has just finished its latest upgrade to Version 3.11


06 Apr 2004 - Version 3.00 Released
NOTAM Check makes flying even safer. Weather TAFs and METARs are downloaded straight from the Met Office website and decoded into full English. No more confusion with unknown abbreviations.


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