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Seventeen bidders vie for SA Express assets

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Seventeen parties have submitted expressions of interest (EOI) regarding the sale of South African Express (XZ, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) which is currently in provisional liquidation. In June, the bankrupt carrier's joint provisional liquidators (JPL), Tshwane Trust, called for EOIs covering either the sale of the business in its entirety as a going concern, investment as an equity partner, or a buyer for part or all of the airline's assets. In addition to four CRJ200ERs, General… (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

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Boeing's 2020 MAX cancellations near 400 in July

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Boeing Co lost another 43 orders for its grounded 737 MAX planes in July, bringing the total cancellations for the jet this year to 398, while delivering only four of its other aircraft to customers, monthly numbers showed on Tuesday. Based on a tighter accounting standard, Boeing said order cancellations now stand at 857 for the MAX, whose recertification is still hanging in the balance more than a year after its worldwide grounding due to two fatal crashes. The four deliveries - one each of… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Boeing 747s Still Use Floppy Disks to Get Critical Software Updates

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It’s been approximately 12 million years since most of us last used a floppy disk, but apparently, the antiquated tech still plays a critical role in delivering software updates to Boeing’s 747-400 planes. The discovery comes courtesy of cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners and was initially spotted by The Register. As part of this year’s virtual DEF CON hacker conference, Pen Test Partners showed off a video walkthrough of a British Airways 747 after the airline decided to retire its entire… (gizmodo.com) More...

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Second Cessna SkyCourier test article takes flight

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Textron Aviation announced Tuesday the successful flight of its second Cessna SkyCourier flight test article (P1). (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX: First fixed-wing aircraft to be put in service by Rwanda Defense Force

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Textron Aviation announced Tuesday it was awarded a contract by ATI Engineering Services, LLC for two multi-mission Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft for the Rwanda Defense Force in support of the African Partnership Flight initiative. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Engine Update After Five Years In Service

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine update. The first set of Trent XWB-84 engines are now approaching their first schedule maintenance after five years of service on the Airbus A350 and after having traveled an average of 14 million kilometres / 8.7 million miles without any planned maintenance and record low levels of in-flight disruption. (news.flightag.com) More...

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Rolls-Royce finds cracks in small number of Trent XWB engines

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Rolls-Royce (RR.L) will carry out extra inspections on some of its Trent XWB engines after cracks were found on a small number of them, in a further headache for the company whose finances have been hit hard by the pandemic. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Why The Boeing 727 Fell Out Of Favor

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In January 2019, on a domestic route in Iran operated by Iran Aseman Airlines, the Boeing 727 made its last commercial flight. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Texas helicopter crash kills 3 parks and wildlife employees

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Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died in a helicopter crash Saturday while surveying the landscape for desert bighorn sheep, according to state officials. The victims were identified as wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, fish and wildlife technician Brandon White, and veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar, according to a release by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) on Sunday. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Air India Express Boeing 737 Crash: Here’s What We Know So Far

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The tragic story of the Air India Express 737 flying from Dubai to Kozhikode yesterday, is one that is still unfolding. (simpleflying.com) More...

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United Airlines flight at Newark Airport is evacuated on the tarmac after 'a passenger made a bomb threat on board'

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A United Airlines flight has been evacuated at Newark Airport after a passenger made a bomb threat on board, reports suggest. A Twitter user uploaded a picture showing a convoy of emergency vehicles at the New Jersey airport on Sunday evening. A pilot's announcement on the plane indicated that a passenger had made a bomb threat aboard the United Airlines plane, according to the Lakewood Scoop. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot August 18th

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, DARPA will no longer hold an in-person event for its third and final AlphaDogfight Trial that’s scheduled to take place from August 18th to the 20th. It’ll be held virtually instead, and both participants and viewers alike can watch online as artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms control simulated F-16 fighter planes in aerial combat. By the end of the three-day event, viewers will even get to witness a matchup between the top AI and an experienced Air Force… (www.engadget.com) More...

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Aug 8: Portuguese Canadair CL-215 Crashes while fighting a fire

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A Portuguese Canadair ‘water-bomber’ plane has crashed today, killing the Portuguese pilot and critically injuring the Spanish co-pilot. (www.portugalresident.com) More...

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Snakes in a plane? Nope, bear on a plane

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Not sure how one protects the aircraft in this situation. (weather.com) More...

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Flight that crashed in 1985 spotted landing in Narita Airport 35 years later

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Four minutes before midnight on 5 August, flight JL123 was seen approaching Narita Airport from Narita Airport on the flight tracking website Flight Radar 24. Once spotted, this got the attention of many online and understandably so as Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed 35 years ago almost to the day. (soranews24.com) More...

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FAA employees report industry pressure, question agency safety push in survey

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety employees reported facing “strong” external pressure from industry and raised alarms the agency does not always prioritize air safety, according to an independent survey seen by Reuters on Friday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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WestJet flight passenger found positive for coronavirus

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Passengers seated in rows 5 to 11 are considered at higher risk of exposure to the virus, but the centre says anyone who travelled on the flight should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. (www.lintelligencer.com) More...

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'I don't want to fly again': Surviving India's worst crash in 10 years

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Seated on the last row of the plane, Muhammed Junaid sensed something was amiss when Air India Express flight IX 1344 from Dubai was jerked around by strong winds as it approached the southern Indian city of Kozhikode late on Friday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Death toll from Indian passenger aircraft accident rises to 18

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The death toll from an Indian passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Air India Flight IX1344 updated

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The flight IX1344 was attempting to land at the CCJ table top runway, while it overshoot the runway. The aircraft came to rest in three pieces overshooting the runway and skidding into the urban road 40 ft below the tabletop runway level. (www.jetflightpro.com) More...

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Flying With Schweddy Balls

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This video captures the flight to one of our favorite hangout, i.e., Sky Manor (N40). For the first time I mounted the camera on the bottom tail section so I can see in more detail my landings (as per idea from AOPA article). Sure enough, I discovered that I need to improve my transitioning and center line alignment during the landing phase. The Schweddy Balls is referenced in minute 2:37. (www.youtube.com) More...

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DC-3 Arrival & Homecoming

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Join us on Saturday, Aug. 15 for the arrival of a vintage DC-3 airliner at the Aviation Museum of N.H. The landing of this historic aircraft (built in 1940 for American Airlines and still flying today!) marks the end of our 'Around the World Flight Adventure,' which departed the museum on May 1 as a remote learning project for N.H. students and teachers. Festivities start at noon with live music. The DC-3 arrival, scheduled for 12:30 p.m., will be marked with a water cannon salute… (www.nhahs.org) More...

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No more medical exemptions: Alaska Airlines says anyone who can't or won't wear a mask won't be allowed to fly

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Alaska Airlines is the latest airline to announce it will no longer allow medical exemptions from its mask-wearing requirement. The carrier said that if a passenger was unwilling or unable to wear one, they would not be permitted to fly. Despite evidence that wearing masks can significantly limit the spread of the coronavirus, masks have become a flashpoint for conflicts aboard flights (as well as elsewhere). Alaska Airlines said on Wednesday that it will no longer fly passengers who are… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Insecure satellite Internet is threatening ship and plane safety

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More than a decade has passed since researchers demonstrated serious privacy and and security holes in satellite-based Internet services. The weaknesses allowed attackers to snoop on and sometimes tamper with data received by millions of users thousands of miles away. You might expect that in 2020—as satellite Internet has grown more popular—providers would have fixed those shortcomings, but you’d be wrong. (arstechnica.com) More...

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Detroit advances plan to close city airport runway, clear neighborhood

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The city is advancing plans for its municipal airport with a focus on clearing out a desolate neighborhood, reopening a long-closed road and decommissioning a runway. (www.detroitnews.com) More...

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Colorado Springs Airport reintroduces itself as 'Colorado’s small airport'

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As airlines and airports look to reassure travelers and invite them back to fly, Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is marketing itself as "Colorado's small airport." (www.9news.com) More...

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How a small Ohio airport became the new darling of the world's cargo carriers

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As the coronavirus pandemic has put a premium on air freight, it's not just the cargo-focused airlines that are riding a steady wave of increased traffic. Airports ready to cater to pallets rather than people have seen a similar boom. Just look at Columbus, Ohio's Rickenbacker Airport. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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FAA proposes fining Boeing $1.25 million for exerting undue pressure on safety reps in South Carolina

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday proposed to fine Boeing just over $1.25 million for violations in the program that allows company employees to perform oversight on behalf of the safety agency. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Activist kicked off American Airlines plane after flight attendant deems her face mask ‘offensive’

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A woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight and forced to drive thousands of miles to get where she was going. (www.local10.com) More...

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Denver airport’s terminal renovation is running low on cash, putting key upgrades at risk

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Denver International Airport’s marquee terminal renovation is headed for a severe budget crunch that threatens to leave core components of the project — including new upper-level security screening areas — unfinished or significantly curtailed, according to emails obtained exclusively by The Denver Post. (www.denverpost.com) More...

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Boeing Delivered Four Jets In July Including Two 787 Dreamliners

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Boeing delivered four widebody jets in July. In July, the following four aircraft were delivered by Boeing: One 787-9 to Air France, One 777F to DHL, One 767-300F to FedEx Express, One 787-9 to Turkish Airlines (simpleflying.com) More...

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Ernest Airlines to Become a Regional ATR Operator

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Planning to change its business model, Ernest Airlines (EG) will relaunch operations as a regional carrier in December 2020. The Italian company has also announced that it will operate services with a fleet of 16 new ATR72-600 aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Qatar Airways Increases US, Pakistan Flights

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Today Qatar Airways (QR) has announced that it will add more US frequencies and destinations to its network. In addition, it will expand its Pakistan weekly flights in four cities. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Boeing 737 Max Return Outside U.S. Seen Slowed by Regulators

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European and Canadian regulators are still wrangling with Boeing Co. over the last remaining technical details of its 737 Max revamp, leaving some customers to worry that certification in critical markets outside the U.S. could slip to next year. (www.bnnbloomberg.ca) More...

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Air Canada Unveils Revamped Aeroplan Program

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Air Canada (AC) today released the details of its revolutionized Aeroplan program. In its statement to the press, the carrier highlights new program attributes and credit card benefits members can enjoy when the new program launches on November 8, 2020. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Miami Airport welcomes back 3 more airlines in August

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Miami International Airport welcomed back three airlines serving international routes in August after the total number of passenger carriers grew to 13 at the end of July. Volaris began serving Guadalajara again on August 2 with two weekly flights, Air Europa resumed weekly service from Madrid on August 3, and SWISS returned on August 4 with two weekly flights from Zurich. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

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Singapore Airlines Resumes Flights to Cebu, Istanbul, Milan, Perth and Taipei

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir have increased the frequency of selected services in their passenger network in August, September and October 2020, and reinstated flights to Cebu, Istanbul, Milan, Perth, Phnom Penh and Taipei. (kokpitherald.com) More...

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Mesa Air Group Reports Q3 Results

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Mesa Air Group (YV) reported today its Q3 fiscal 2020 financial and operating results. These reflect a net income of US$3.4m, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to a net income of US$3.0m, or $0.09 per diluted share for Q3 2019. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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airBaltic Resumes Flights to/from Budapest

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Starting today, Latvian airline airBaltic (BT) will resume direct flights between Riga and Budapest in Hungary. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Ex-Flybe Dash 8 Aircraft to Be Sold

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Skyworld Aviation has announced it will sell 11 of Flybe’s Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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London Heathrow Records Plummeting Passenger Numbers

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London Heathrow Airport’s (LHR) passenger numbers have plummeted by a staggering 88% for the month of July. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Rolls-Royce Finds Cracks in A350 Engines

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It has emerged that engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has discovered cracks in its Airbus A350 engines. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Paris To Become The Latest A380 Hub Thanks To China Southern

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Paris is set to become one of just four airports with two active Airbus A380 operators as China Southern looks to upgrade its route. The Chinese Airbus A380 operator will fly the giant of the skies to the French capital from Guangzhou seven times between August and October. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Alice Springs To Welcome 14 Cebu Pacific Aircraft For Storage

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Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has now sent a total of 14 aircraft to Australia’s Alice Springs for storage. These include widebody A330s, A320 family aircraft, and even regional ATR planes. (simpleflying.com) More...

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China’s Massive Turboprop Seaplane: The AVIC AG600 Kunlong

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Manufactured by the Chinese state-owned company Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the AG600 is described as a large, amphibious, four-propeller aircraft. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Eurowings Extends Flight Programme by 26 New Holiday Destinations

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Germany's largest holiday airline significantly expands its tourist programme from August. (kokpitherald.com) More...

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Qantas Plans 12 Hour Day Trips to Antarctica with Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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Australia’s flag carrier airline Qantas is slated to operate sightseeing flights over the frozen continent in collaboration with Antarctica Flights from November, giving the travellers chance to see the fascinating continent from the air. (kokpitherald.com) More...

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Today in Aviation: US Airways Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Today in Aviation marks 18 years since US Airways (US) entered its first bankruptcy protection. On August 10, 2002, the company filed for Chapter 11 but continued its operations. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Porter Airlines Schedules Restart for October 7

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Canadian short-haul carrier Porter Airlines (PD) is still on the sidelines since the COVID-19 outbreak forced it to suspend operations on March 21. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Etihad Airways Launches New Protection for Premium Passengers

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Following its recent safety measures, Etihad Airways (EY) has launched MicrobeBARRIER™ face protection for First and Business Class travelers. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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