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  • 184

How flight-tracking site FlightAware works, for consumers and airlines

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It started as the pet project of a software developer who was also a pilot. Today, the company boasts a team of 110 employees in four countries, and helps some 15 million travelers per month, over 200 airlines and 15,000 other companies. (thepointsguy.com) Altro...

  • 174

Happy 14th Birthday FlightAware!

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Happy Birthday Flightaware! May you have many more! (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 131

Delta sends a private plane after American Airlines cancels student group’s flight

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American Airlines cancels flight a student group had booked to continue their trip toWashington DC. Delta employees heard about the student’s predicament, contacted Delta Headquarters who sent a spare plane to pick up the group (www.businessinsider.com) Altro...

  • 122

Ryanair Surpasses New Safety Standards For Flight Tracking With GlobalBeacon

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Ryanair, Europe’s favorite low fares airline, today announced the deployment of GlobalBeacon, a live flight monitoring platform that combines FlightAware’s data processing capabilities and web-interface with global flight tracking coverage from AireonSM. (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 122

Remains found after Boeing 767 with three aboard crashes in water near Houston

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GTI3591 - Multiple agencies are responding to reports of a plane crash in Chambers County. According to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened near the City of Anahuac, Texas, in the Trinity Bay. Preliminary reports state a two-engine Boeing 767 cargo jetliner crashed shortly before 12:45 p.m. Saturday. (www.nbcnews.com) Altro...

  • 116

Fraport will use FlightAware data – What does that mean for the whole ATM community?

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We are now entering a time where a private organization, not run by a state, can provide better data and prediction than national or even trans-national ANSPs. In this age of data, it is also likely that FlightAware and the like can provide better flight profile and performance data than theory and research based models like BADA. (radar.foxatm.com) Altro...

  • 112

Azul becomes 1st in Americas for minute-by-minute aircraft flight tracking by adopting Aireon space-based ADS-B

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Azul Linhas Aéreas has become the first airline in the Americas to exceed modern flight tracking safety standards by embracing truly global, real-time flight tracking capabilities onboard aircraft, with SITAONAIR’s best-in-class AIRCOM® FlightTracker. (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 110

FlightAware Launches Entry into Service Program, Announces Textron Aviation as First Participant

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FlightAware announced today that they will provide a premium version of their professional, private flight tracking service, called FlightAware Global, to owners and operators of new or pre-owned business jets manufactured by select partners. FlightAware Global offers worldwide flight tracking that fuses thousands of data sources and makes them available to unlimited users via web or mobile. To launch the program, FlightAware has reached an agreement with Textron Aviation Inc. to be the first… (flightaware.com) Altro...

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Capt Sullenberger criticizing Boeing and FAA

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Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger says the FAA’s handling of the deadly crashes of two Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliners in just five months has damaged the United States’ longstanding “credibility as leaders in aviation.” Sullenberger is a retired airline pilot who famously landed his US Airways jet — an Airbus 320 — in the icy Hudson River off Manhattan in January 2009, after hitting a flock of geese and losing power in both engines. All 155 people on board the plane survived. (www.newsandguts.com) Altro...

  • 108

Autoland Is Garmin's Newest Safety Feature

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For the past eight years, Garmin has secretly been working on a fascinating new capability, an autoland function that can rescue an airplane with an incapacitated pilot or save a pilot when weather conditions present no other safe option. Autoland should soon receive its first FAA approval, with certification expected shortly in the Piper M600, followed by the Cirrus Vision Jet. (www.ainonline.com) Altro...

  • 103

Collings Foundation B-17 crash leads to fire, closure of Bradley Airport

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Firefighters responded to a large fire from an aircraft crash at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. The airport confirmed on Wednesday morning that it is closed. "We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft [Wednesday] morning at Bradley Airport," it posted to Twitter. "We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available." (www.wfsb.com) Altro...

  • 103

Crossing traffic 1000 feet below as seen from a 747. This was over the east coast of Russia.

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787 dreamliner contrail. Crossing traffic 1000 feet below as seen from a 747. This was over the east coast of Russia. (www.youtube.com) Altro...

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FAA identifies new potential risk on 737 MAX

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has identified a new potential risk that Boeing Co must address on its 737 MAX before the grounded jet can return to service, the agency told Reuters on Wednesday. The risk was discovered during a simulator test last week, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. As a result, Boeing is not expected to run a certification test flight until at least July 8, they said. "On the most recent issue, the FAA’s process is designed to discover and… (www.msn.com) Altro...

  • 94

The Star Wars aircraft is flying the friendly galaxy. Where is it now?

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While not everyone will have the chance to see the new livery in person, anyone will be able to track our special aircraft on FlightAware, the world’s largest online flight tracking platform. For the first time, you can track past and future flights on both desktop and mobile by entering the plane’s tail number – N36272 – and the new aircraft will appear on FlightAware’s flight tracking maps as the X-Wing starship. (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 90

An-124 flies to Ponta Delgada to save Delta's stranded Boeing 757

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal - An Antonov An-124 that belongs to heavy cargo operator Volga-Dnepr was sent to Ponta Delgada to transport required parts for the maintenance of seriously damaged Delta Boeing 757. (airlinerwatch.com) Altro...

  • 90

Fraport to Deploy FlightAware Predictive Technology at Frankfurt Airport

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Fraport will integrate FlightAware's predictive data into their operational tools and analytical platforms to optimize airfield efficiency and ground personnel allocation at Frankfurt Airport. (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 88

How Airlines Are Defending Dormant 737 MAX Jets From The Ravages Of Corrosion, Insects And Time

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Boeing 737 MAX planes have been stuck on the ground now for five months. With the likelihood rising that they won't return to service before the winter, some airlines may soon have to deal with the danger that the planes could literally become stuck to the ground. Tires of planes that are parked for long periods of time can freeze to the tarmac during sub-zero weather, warns a Boeing maintenance manual for the previous generation of 737 aircraft. It advises maintenance workers to place sand… (www.forbes.com) Altro...

  • 85

American Airlines mechanic accused of attempted sabotage of flight with 150 on board

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A mechanic for American Airlines was arrested Thursday and accused of trying to sabotage a commercial airliner shortly before it was set to take off from Miami International Airport for the Bahamas with 150 people on board. (www.cnn.com) Altro...

  • 81

Crashed 767s crew were trying to avoid weather

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Preliminary analysis of air traffic control communications with the crashed Atlas Air Boeing 767-300ER freighter near Houston indicates that the crew was trying to avoid a weather system during the approach. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

  • 79

Delta Receives Last Boeing Airplane, The Future Is All Airbus

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Delta Air Lines took delivery of its very last factory-fresh Boeing aircraft—the 130th 737-900(ER) to join its fleet. From now on, what used to be one of Boeing's largest customers, has only scheduled for delivery brand-new Airbus planes. After 130 Boeing 737-900(ER)s being delivered straight from Boeing, a chapter has momentarily closed between the manufacturer and the Atlanta-based airline. Today, the airline remains operating a gigantic fleet of 530 Boeing planes, including the 717-200,… (airwaysmag.com) Altro...

  • 79

When a Southwest Airlines Flight Was Delayed, Passengers Got Increasingly Frustrated. Then the Gate Agent Did Something Remarkable

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Last week, a Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando to Washington, D.C., was delayed. Passengers sat at the gate for an hour. Then two. Naturally, they grew frustrated. But then a gate agent stepped in and started playing games with the waiting passengers. One game? A contest for the worst driver's license picture. Other games included a paper airplane contest. (www.inc.com) Altro...

  • 78

Ethiopian Airlines: Boeing 737 crashes on way to Kenya

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An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet has crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya. The flight is believed to have had 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airline says. (www.bbc.com) Altro...

  • 77

FlightAware and FlightBridge Partner to Provide Seamless Flight Tracking

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The leading flight tracking and logistics management system are now integrated for business aviation operators and FBOs. (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 77

Off-duty easyJet captain heading to Alicante with his wife and son ends up flying the plane himself

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This is the remarkable moment an off-duty pilot offers to fly his fellow passengers to Spain - as he and his family faced a delay of around two hours. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Altro...

  • 76

Ethiopian pilot pleaded for training after Lion Air Boeing 737 Max crash

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Just days after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max nosedived in Indonesia and killed all 189 people aboard, an Ethiopian Airlines pilot began pleading with his bosses for more training on the Max, warning that crews could easily be overwhelmed in a crisis and that one of their planes could be the next to go down. “We are asking for trouble,” veteran pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin wrote in a December email obtained by The Associated Press, adding that if several alarms go off in the cockpit at once, “it… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Five Years After MH 370, Aviation Industry Rolling Out Tech To Ensure No Plane Disappears Again

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On March 8, 2014, a Boeing 777 with 239 people went missing on a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. As details emerged within hours of the airplane’s last communication with air traffic control, it became clear that Malaysian Airlines 370 (MH370) was lost … literally; no one knew where the airplane went once it disappeared from radar about 40 minutes after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur. Because the Boeing’s transponder also ceased functioning, tracking the airplane by air traffic control… (www.forbes.com) Altro...

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September 11: FAA Closure of US Airspace

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Although this animation was published 10 years ago, it gives an excellent visual of our airspace as things shut down on 9/11/01. From the description: This animation was created by NASA using FAA air traffic control data from September 11, 2001. It shows the rapid grounding of air traffic across the US, and redirection of incoming international traffic, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Time is at lower left, number of planes in the air lower right. At 9:06am, FAA issued a ground stop… (www.youtube.com) Altro...

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What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?

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Malfunctions caused two deadly crashes. But an industry that puts unprepared pilots in the cockpit is just as guilty. (www.nytimes.com) Altro...

  • 75

Qantas gears up for the second "Project Sunrise" research flight

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Sydney, Australia - The Australian flag carrier Qantas will fly a nearly empty a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from London Heathrow to Sydney as part of “Project Sunrise”. The 787-9 registered VH-ZNJ will take off from Heathrow and fly directly to Sydney with no paying passengers onboard. (airlinerwatch.com) Altro...

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Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 180 people 'crashes near Tehran'

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A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 180 passengers and crew has crashed near Tehran. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Altro...

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Airline adds baby seat map to help passengers avoid infants

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Few things can make a trans-Pacific flight more unpleasant than sitting next to a crying infant, so one airline wants to help passengers avoid that. (abc13.com) Altro...

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Boeing says some of its 737 Max planes may have defective parts

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Boeing on Sunday said some of its 737 planes, including many 737 Max aircraft, may have faulty parts on their wings. It's the latest problem Boeing faces as it tries to get its most important and popular airplane, the grounded 737 Max, back in the air. Working with the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing said it has reached out to airlines that fly 737 planes, advising them to inspect their slat track assemblies on Max and NG aircraft. The 737 NG series includes the 737-600, -700, -800… (www.cnn.com) Altro...

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My Letter to the Editor of New York Times Magazine - by Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger

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The MCAS design should never have been approved, not by Boeing, and not by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (www.sullysullenberger.com) Altro...

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Al Haynes, captain of United Flight 232 dies at age 87

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Al Haynes, who was the captain of United Airlines flight 232 which crash-landed at Sioux City, Iowa on July 19, 1989, died Sunday. (siouxcityjournal.com) Altro...

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Boeing is Suspending Production of the 737 MAX in January

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Boeing will halt production of its 737 Max narrow-body jet in January, escalating the company's crisis as it prepares to end a year marked by accidents, scandals, and a plummeting public perception. (www.businessinsider.com) Altro...

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Airbus uses Delta Airlines A220 flight to underline the delivery of it’s 12000 aircraft

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The flight spelled out 12k in the skies over the province of Quebec. (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 69

FlightAware Releases Revolutionary New Operational Insight for Business Aviation Operators

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For the first time ever, operators can dynamically adjust schedules and see new arrival times including the impact of taxi and turn times. (flightaware.com) Altro...

  • 69

Airbus A350 Engine Shutdown Incidents Linked to Cockpit Drink Spills

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Airbus and Rolls-Royce are investigating two incidents in which A350s experienced uncommanded in-flight engine shutdown after drinks were spilled on controls situated on the cockpit centre pedestal. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

  • 69

Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue.

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Robert Ballard is the finder of important lost things. In 1985, he discovered the Titanic scattered beneath the Atlantic Ocean. He and his team also located the giant Nazi battleship Bismarck and, more recently, 18 shipwrecks in the Black Sea. Dr. Ballard has always wanted to find the remains of the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared in 1937. But he feared the hunt would be yet another in a long line of futile searches. “You have it in a holding pattern in your head,” said Dr.… (www.msn.com) Altro...

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FAA Grounds All Cirrus Vision Jets over Angle of Attack Issues

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The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive that grounds the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet due to issues with the airplane's angle-of-attack and stall protection systems. (www.flyingmag.com) Altro...

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El Al “draws” image of jumbo to commemorate its very last Boeing 747 flight

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After 48 years of service, El Al joins the aviation ranks in saying good bye to the Boeing 747. To honor the jumbo’s send off, just two hours before its arrival into Tel Aviv (TLV), the airline leveled off at 10,000 feet and made a series of turns to “draw” a picture of a 747. (www.gatechecked.com) Altro...

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Airline pilot flies dad's remains home from Vietnam 52 years after seeing him off at same Dallas airport

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When Air Force Maj. Roy Knight, Jr., left Dallas for Vietnam 52 years ago, his 5-year-old son, Bryan, came to Dallas Love Field to see him off. On Thursday, Bryan, now a captain for Southwest Airlines, brought back his father's remains aboard a flight to the same Dallas airport. (www.msn.com) Altro...

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Multiple fatalities reported after helicopter slams into Calabasas hillside

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Kobe Bryant Dead at 41 in a helicopter crash, Calabasas California (www.dailynews.com) Altro...

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Wow Airlines ceases operations

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Iceland's Wow airline has stopped flights and says passengers needing to travel should book with other airlines. Its website says: "Wow Air has ceased operation. All Wow Air flights have been cancelled." The carrier, which started flights in 2012 and has 11 aircraft, had been in funding talks with investors. It said some airlines may offer flights at a reduced rate, so-called rescue fares, and it would publish information on those when it becomes available. (www.bbc.co.uk) Altro...

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Boeing’s 777X Fuselage Was Ripped Apart During Pressure Testing

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New images have surfaced of what really happened during the September pressure testing of Boeing’s new 777X aircraft. September’s pressure test was widely reported to have failed, with a cargo door being blamed for the issue. Now, it seems that the situation was a lot more serious than that. The news that a cargo door had blown off the 777X during its stress test in September was shocking enough. However, it now appears that the situation was far worse than we could ever have imagined. According… (www.seattletimes.com) Altro...

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Mobile QuickClear – Simple, secure, and quick compliance with U.S. customs procedures

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Thinking about flying into the U.S.? Perhaps for vacation, a business trip, or maybe even KOSH 2020? Pilots like you can now access Jeppesen Mobile QuickClear, a simple iPad app that makes managing the process with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) easier than ever. (ad.doubleclick.net) Altro...

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American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging plane denied bail over possible terrorist ties

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A federal judge on Wednesday denied bail to a former American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a jetliner in July over possible links to the Islamic State (ISIS). Prosecutors presented evidence that Alani -- a naturalized American citizen from Iraq -- has a brother with possible ties to ISIS and a history of statements wishing harm to non-Muslims. (www.foxnews.com) Altro...

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United is on the edge of separation from Boeing's NMA program

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United Airlines is looking for an efficient replacement for the 130 Boeing 757 and 767 jets in its fleet and wants Boeing to make a clear statement if there will be a new Boeing jet for the middle of the market in the foreseeable future. (airlinerwatch.com) Altro...

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Boeing acquires ForeFlight

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] completed the acquisition of ForeFlight, a leading provider of innovative mobile and web-based aviation applications. ForeFlight has partnered with Boeing for the past two years to bring aviators Jeppesen's aeronautical data and charts through ForeFlight's popular mobile platforms. Now, the teams will integrate talent and offerings to bring innovative, expanded digital solutions to all segments of the aviation industry. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Altro...

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“Influencer” banned for life from Cathay Pacific after trying to demand business class upgrade

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Cathay Pacific has banned a social media "influencer" after she allegedly tried to use a faked email to get an upgrade to business class. (www.gatechecked.com) Altro...

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