As 2016 winds down, we're taking a look back at the busy year in tablets, phones, watches, apps and accessories. There were dozens of interesting stories this year, plenty of hype and a few surprises. With the benefit of hindsight, it's clear that there are some trends worth tracking.
MITRE has been working on a project that demonstrates the viability of a mobile device-based service that allows pilots to consistently obtain a text-based IFR clearance electronically without verbal communication with ATC at both towered and non-towered airports.
The iPad Pro began shipping in mid-November, promising to bring a new level of productivity to tablet users with its large 12.9" display and fast performance. It's an impressive tool for everyday work, from spreadsheets to graphics work, but can it work for pilots? We took it flying to see.