Readme for Spine V7.4

  1. Why Spine?
  2. Who's it for?
  3. What's it for?
  4. Summary of features
  5. Minimum requirements
  6. Installation and removal
  7. Version history
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Small print

Why Spine? Top

Spine stands for "Soaring Pilot's Intelligent NOTAMs Editor".

Who's it for? Top

While, as its name suggests, Spine is mainly aimed at glider pilots, it can also be used by private GA pilots. Settings can be changed to filter NOTAMs for Gliding, GA VFR or GA IFR.

Currently, due to the availability of source information, the program can only be used in the United Kingdom.

What's it for? Top

NOTAMs as downloaded from the Internet contain a lot of information that is not relevant, especially to glider pilots. Neither are they usually sorted into a convenient order.

Spine helps you to edit NOTAMs and discard the irrelevant ones, and also sorts the output into a usable form. You can also restrict the output to a specific area, for example by setting a maximum distance from your home airfield.

Summary of features Top

Minimum requirements Top

System with Pentium-compatible processor running MS Windows XP or later. A minimum screen resolution of 1024x768 is recommended, due to the size of the main dialog.

Installation and Removal Top

Just double-click on the self-installing image you downloaded and follow the instructions to install the program.

To remove the program from your computer, go to Programs (Windows 7/Vista) or Add/Remove Programs (XP) in Control Panel and click on the Spine entry.

Version history Top

V7.4
V7.3
V7.2
V7.1
V7.0
V6.9
V6.8
V6.7
V6.6
V6.5
V6.4
V6.3
V6.2
V6.1
V6.0
V5.9
V5.8
V5.7
V5.6
V5.5
V5.4
V5.3
V5.2
V5.1
V5.0
V4.9
V4.8
V4.7
V4.6
V4.5
V4.4
V4.3
V4.2
V4.1
V4.0
V3.7
V3.6
V3.5
V3.4
V3.3
V3.2
Changes to plot feature:
V3.1
V3.0
V2.4
V2.3
V2.21
V2.2
V2.12
V2.1
V2.02
V2.01 (beta)
V2.0

Acknowledgements Top

Many thanks to ...

Small print Top

This freeware program was written by Jeff Goodenough and is copyright.

The program is only intended for use by UK (or visiting) soaring pilots.

If you find any problems, please report them in the Spine forum which you can access from my web site at http://www.jeffg.co.uk so that I can fix them.

If you have any other comments or suggestions, I should also be pleased to hear from you.

No liability whatsoever is accepted for the use of this program. It is the responsibility of the user to verify the accuracy of the results.

Use of this program is on the understanding that it is not endorsed by National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and that the program is used as a tool by the user personally to access the AIS web site insofar as he or she is permitted to do so.