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This week, AVwebís review of whatís new in aviation revealed new, worldwide coverage of a popular app, an airport advocacy program from a major aviation insurer, a pilot proficiency program at EAA Oshkosh and a new app that finds nearest airports at an unfamiliar destination. Garmin International announced worldwide coverage of the Garmin Pilot application for iPad and iPhone, which provides flight planning capabilities, comprehensive weather information and full-featured navigation. Pilots also have access to expanded coverage of European charts in a single application, including geo-referenced FliteCharts and SafeTaxi airport diagrams. Aviation insurer Global Aerospace announced that as part of its dedication to supporting the aviation industry and providing continuously evolving safety tools, it was rolling out its Airport Safety Advocacy Program (ASAP). It is designed not only to provide airports with affordable and comprehensive insurance coverage, but also to enhance their safety efforts by bringing Globalís SM4 Safety Program's resources to its participants. Global Aerospace said that it understands that airports face an increasing number of operational and economic challenges and that their effective operation is crucial to a safe, reliable aviation system in the U.S. and around the world. As a result, it has designed ASAP for both general aviation and commercial airports.

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and Redbird Flight Simulations will host free Pilot Proficiency Program (PPP) sessions at AirVenture 2014 from Monday, May 28 through Saturday, Aug. 2. The sessions will focus solely on 11 challenging VFR and IFR scenarios in an advanced Redbird MCX motion simulator, which is a full-motion advanced Aviation Training Device with dual controls and wrap-around visuals in a fully enclosed cockpit. Finally, the makers of Day Flier announced the release of the release of LandingFinder.com, the first of its kind, free-to-use tool, which allows pilots to quickly find the closest airport to an unfamiliar destination. Day Flier pointed out that general aviation pilots have access to thousands of airports that airlines don't. But business associates and friends, who provide instructions to someone flying in for a visit, are usually only aware of the nearest airline airport. They are unaware of the numerous general aviation airports that are often in a closer proximity to almost every U.S. address. Thus, they don't know which airport to tell the pilot to use. Landing Finder closes this information gap by finding the 10 closest airports to any address in the United States and then mapping them in relation to that address.