iPads can delete your important information WITHOUT your knowledge !

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  1. AeroCare

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    If it'll do it to my aviation files it might also do it to your important papers or precious family pictures. Hopefully ios5 is syncing everything to another one of your devices but what if it deletes it on the iPad and then deletes it on your other devices too when it syncs?

    I don't have an iPad but thought you should know this to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

    iPads Can Delete Charts, Plates

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    Those who use iPads for charts and approach plates are advised to pre-flight their devices before counting on them for navigation, thanks to Apple's latest operating system upgrade. iOS5 includes a file-management feature that might be handy if you're downloading a movie, but could be inconvenient at the very least if it messes with your navigation-app data bases. In an explanation on its website, flight-planning app provider ForeFlight says iOS5 will randomly delete data to make room for new files and that could include your charts and approach plates. The iPad does display a "cleaning" symbol by the app icon that it's busily deleting data from but that can be easy to miss. ForeFlight recommends several strategies to keep you from discovering that the latest Transformers has pre-empted the information you now need for your flight.

    The most obvious suggestion is to simply check that everything is as it should be before you leave. ForeFlight has built a feature into its app that checks to ensure the full data package is in place, but the operator does have to initiate that process and its best done on the ground. To prevent data from being deleted in flight, ForeFlight recommends shutting off the WiFi and 3G before takeoff. Keeping plenty of disc space available in the device will also prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.
     
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    iPad Fix On The Way

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    A new software upgrade for iPads caused some problems last month for pilots who depend on the tablets for navigation, but Apple now says a fix is in the works, NBAA said on Tuesday. The iOS 5.0.1 software update will correct a file-management feature that was causing some files to be automatically deleted from chart databases. Apple has said the new version of the software should be released within the next two or three weeks, according to several technology websites.

    Hilton Goldstein, developer of WingX Pro software for pilots, told NBAA that Apple hadn't informed developers that iOS 5 would contain the "clean-up" feature that deleted files in the background. For the new fix to work, he added, app developers will have to modify their code to mark files that shouldn't be deleted. One operator whose crews depend on iPads, CitationAir, told NBAA they have changed their procedures to ensure that in the future, any new operating systems must be thoroughly tested and approved before pilots can download them to their iPads.
     

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