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Girls Take Flight at Oshawa

The fifth Girls Take Flight is taking place at Enterprise Airlines at Oshawa Airport on April 21, 2018. This event is organized by the Ninety-Nines and focuses on encouraging girls to take interest in aviation and aerospace by providing them with information from education specialists. This is especially important when taking in consideration the current pilot shortage that the industry is facing.

“In attendance we will have inspiring female speakers who will immerse the girls in the world of aviation,” said spokeswoman Anna Rusinowski. ‘We also organize the opportunity for 200 girls to go for a free flight by pre-registering on our website.” There will be exhibitors offering information on various aviation and aerospace careers, static displays of aircraft, including the Durham Police helicopter, presentations by influential females in aviation. There will be numerous hands-on activities and the chance to interact with women with aviation careers. Registration starts April 1 and early registration is recommended.

G7 Airspace Restrictions Set

A large swath of airspace in eastern Quebec will be affected by flight restrictions to accommodate the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in early June. The Summit goes June 8-9 at Manor Richelieu, on the St. Lawrence River, but some restrictions will be in place as early as June 1 and as late as June 10. The restrictions will affect at least a dozen airports, seaplane bases and heliports and are complex and overlapping in nature. Some will also be designed to accommodate the comings and goings of heads of state and their entourages. Anyone who plans to fly anywhere near that area at that time should be thoroughly familiar with the areas under restriction and should check NOTAMs carefully at the time to make sure they haven’t changed.

As always, errant aircraft will be intercepted and if they don’t comply with the directions from military aircraft they can be shot down. “G7 Summit restricted airspace has been designed to allow the Department of National Defence (DND) to safely manage participating air traffic and to help ensure that non-authorized, non-participating air traffic will remain clear of the airspace surrounding sensitive G7 activities,” the AIP supplement detailing the restrictions says. “Restricted airspace activation will coincide with the arrival and departure dates of the visiting heads of state at Bagotville and Charlevoix and will also support increased air traffic in and out of Charlevoix in the week leading up to the event.” The supplement will be released March 29. It appears in English and French below.


COPA Wants Navaids Consultation

COPA is calling on Nav Canada to conduct “meaningful consultations with the GA community” over its navaid modernization program. In a letter to the corporation, COPA CEO Bernard Gervais called on Nav Canada to provide details of the program so stakeholders can determine how it will affect, particularly on matters of safety. “We see the timeline for a project of this magnitude is especially rushed and we are concerned that full consideration is not being given to the project’s overall impact on safety for all users of Canada’s airspace,” Gervais said.

COPA met with senior Nav Canada staff in October of 2017 to express concerns about the program, which will involve major changes to air navigation in Canada. In our view, for a legacy project of this magnitude, NavCanada should be directly consulting in an open and transparent manner with the user community across Canada and taking a proactive role to mitigate the obvious safety risks in all sectors.

The full text of Gervais’s letter is below.

I am writing on behalf of Canada’s General Aviation community to express our concerns about the proposed NAVAID Modernization Plan and the effect it will have on operations and the safety of flight for GA aircraft. While COPA does recognize the validity of a modernization program for our aging NAVAID network, we have yet to be presented with a full, comprehensive detailed project scope of what will be accomplished.

As we highlighted for you in our meeting of October, 2017, we see the timeline for a project of this magnitude is especially rushed and we are concerned that full consideration is not being given to the project’s overall impact on safety for all users of Canada’s airspace. In our view, for a legacy project of this magnitude, NavCanada should be directly consulting in an open and transparent manner with the user community across Canada and taking a proactive role to mitigate the obvious safety risks in all sectors.

We have not had any further follow-up from NavCanada on this proposal since our meeting in October and we feel the proposal has not been adequately presented to users for consideration. We expect NavCanada to fully engage with the user community and propose a plan that prioritizes the safety of all pilots in Canadian airspace as well as their passengers. 

We remain willing to assist you in conducting more than just information sessions, but meaningful consultations with the GA community. 

Cadet Flight Training RFP Re-Issued

The Department of National Defence has a requirement for professional services for the provision of a Private Pilot License Course in accordance with Canadian Aviation Regulations in support of Air Cadet ‘Power’ Pilot Scholarship Program.

The purpose of this Notice of Proposed Procurement is to signal the government’s intention to competitively and openly solicit Bids from potential Flying Training Units across Canada for services in July and August 2018 — for a second time. The first Request for Proposal W8561-18-0010/A closed on 7 Mar 2018 and achieved a number of successful, responsive bids and a number of contracts will be awarded. However, as target numbers have not yet been reached and as funding permits, the Department of National Defence is welcoming more bids for this same requirement.

This Request for Proposal W8561-18-0010/B Air Cadet Pilot Training 2018 will be posted for 10 calendar days only and contains the same criteria as the previous one. However, the Bid Submission format has been simplified into a more bidder-friendly version.

The Department of National Defence remains committed in their intension to award approximately 18 contracts from these two competitive processes, and the sum total estimated value of all contracts will not exceed the firm ceiling of $2,800,000.00 CAD, taxes included. To the extent possible, allocation of Air Cadet Students to various flight schools across Canada remains similar to the various provincial population distributions, although necessarily influenced by the affordability and availability of accommodations for the Air Cadets.

Service Requirements:

This requirement remains unchanged and will deliver to each Air Cadet all necessary flight training facilities, training tools, aircraft and personnel for completion of a Transport Canada Private Pilot Licence Course in accordance with Canadian Aviation Regulations, consisting of a minimum of forty-five (45) hours of ground school instruction (excluding the Transport Canada written examination), plus a minimum of forty-five (45) hours of flight training and flight testing.

Requests for Proposal: See attached documents (pending, which may take up 24 hours to be released by the Buy & Sell system).

Please consult the buyandsell.gc.ca website for details and contact information.

W8561-18-0010-B_PPS_2018_RFP_Orig 15Mar2018

More Help For Pointer ELTs

COPA extends gratitude for the many emails we received from across the country in response to our call for help with respect to the Pointer ELTs. The following  references were provided as good places to get support for your units. We publish these here for your convenience. We will update this list as we get more references.

HiTech Avionics & Instruments

Buttonville Airport, Hangar 5.

2833 16th Ave

Markham, ON L3R0P8


George Papachristos, President

Toll Free: 1-888-477-9675

Tel/Fax: (905) 477-8032

Email: sales@hitechavionics.com

Web: www.hitechavionics.com


Select Aviation,

4789 Blvd Allard, Hangar #10,

Drummondville QC

J2A 2R8





Atlantic Avionics,

549 Barnes Dr,

Enfield, NS

B2T 1K3


Tel:   902 873 3534


Orillia Aviation
6422 Bluebird St.


Ramara, Ontario L3V 0K6

Office: 705-325-6153, ask for Brenda

Parts: 1-800-461-8930



Aviamax Inc

2440 Rue de L’aéroport

St-Mathieu de Beloeil QC J3G0C9


(450) 446-2570


This from Claude Overholt, CASARA:

‘’I am the  VP/Treasurer for CASARA Ontario and look after our equipment. I have been dealing with David Koster at Pointer Inc. in Tempe AZ for about two years. I have found David to be a very straight up honest person and a pleasure to deal with. I know some people will be a little reluctant to ship their ELT to the USA but to date I have never had a problem. Just put on the package sent for repairs. I asked David about COPA members sending their ELTs to him and his response is the email I received below from him.’’

‘’Pointer Avionics was, in good faith, to distribute and support our products in Canada. The closure without notification to us nor any support extended to existing customers was a hardship for all. Pointer, Inc. will continue to support our equipment that was distributed through Pointer Avionics. The PN C2020 alkaline battery pack can be replaced with our PN 2020 alkaline battery pack to maintain the certification and warranty on our Model 3000 and 4000 series ELTs. For the time being, if repair is required, units can be sent back to our factory in Tempe, AZ.’’

Pointer, Inc.

1027 N. Stadem Dr,

Tempe, AZ.

(480) 966 – 1674.



Stephane Florian

Superviseur Avionique/Avionic Supervisor

Service Centre

6500 Ch. de la Savane, St-Hubert, Qc J3Y 8Y9

T 450 468-3431 ext 266

C 514 220-0384

Sans Frais 1 877 468-3431


Member Profile: Capt. Sarah Dallaire


Women of Aviation Week Profile – Capt. Sarah Dallaire

March 5-11 is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. COPA is proud to support this and the many other initiatives that work tirelessly to promote women’s involvement in all different aspects of the aviation industry. Each day during WOAW week, we are profiling a COPA member who is promoting aviation in her own area of the industry.

Today’s WOAW member profile is Capt. Sarah Dallaire, of Quebec, who is a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. We asked Capt. Dallaire about what inspired her to get involved in aviation, about her plans for the future, and how she sees COPA’s role in aviation:

What inspired you to get involved in aviation?

My interest in aviation was truly sparked by my parents, as both of them were deeply passionate about They quickly introduced my brother and I to flying, as they flew us around on weekends. Often they would either sit us on their lap at the controls or have us sit in the back of a Cessna.They would also bring us to each airshow in Quebec city. At one particular show, I was very fortunate to have seen Maryse Carmichael perform. She was not only the first female Snowbird pilot but also the first female in the world to ever perform with an aerobatic team. She really put a little flame into my heart that day and I held on to it. My parents were also very involved with CASARA and recognized the opportunities that the RCAF had to offer and they absolutely loved the training they received. So I would say, it was a combination of my parents tremendous support, their encouragement toward the pursuit of an RCAF career and the awe-inspiring accomplishments of Maryse Carmichael. From that point on, I was determined to become a military pilot.

A short history of your aviation career up to now

When I was 12 years old, I joined the Air Cadet Squadron in Levis, and with the help of my parents, I immediately started seeking the prerequisites needed to apply for a career as RCAF I was also fortunate enough to take some air lesson at Grondair in St-Frederic, QC prior to the Aircrew Selection in Trenton, ON. A year later, in 2007, an offer was presented to me to join as a RCAF pilot under the Continuing Education Officer Training Plan, at which time I was then posted to St-jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC for the Basic Training Camp and language school where I became proficient in English. I completed Phase I in Portage-la-Prairie, MB on the Grob 120A and later was posted to Moose Jaw, Sk for Phase II on the Harvard II. In 2012, I received my RCAF pilot wings on the CT-155 Hawk and continued to Cold Lake, AB for the Fighter Lead-In Training where I experienced unforeseen hurdles and therefore moved back to Moose Jaw, SK to become a Qualified Flying Instructor on the Hvd II. Last year, I had the chance to take the Flight Safety Course in Winnipeg, MB and have since been steadily involved in the program. In 2017, it was time for me to take a shot at my dream and applied to become a Snowbird pilot.

What is your favorite part of the job?

What I truly cherish about being a Snowbird pilot is that for every mission we strive to learn from our mistakes. The constructive criticism that we provide one another is crucial as it not only betters our individual skill sets but it bonds us as a team to effectively fly as a Moreover, I am and always have been passionate i.e addicted to the mental aspect of competing. The combination of mental factors such as preparation, visualisation, coordination and anticipation are key components when striving to accomplish peak performance. It is clear to me that the best part of my job is that constant mental challenge.

Do you have any future goals in aviation?

I am very optimistic with respect to my future within the RCAF, in that, there are so many opportunities yet to be discovered and I look forward to progressing through I also have a keen interest in diversifying my aviation experiences and skill sets with respect to other aerobatic aircraft. Recently, I was afforded the opportunity to fly with the legendary Wayne Handley in California in an Extra 300L. I was completely hooked as soon as the engine started (LOL) because it became immediately apparent that the mental fortitude required within the precision aviation world is very similar to the training I am experiencing in becoming a Snowbird pilot. This is something for which I thrive.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to say that I love everything that has two wheels, three if it comes with wings. I was introduced to motocross when I was 14 year old and looking back, I realized now that it taught me a lot with respect to the mental aptitude required to progress and stay safe in the sport. I also absolutely love travelling and

What are some of the ways you are helping women get their start in aviation?

I am particularly excited about the opportunity given with the Snowbirds to travel around and meet the people of North America to share my passion. I know what it did to me when I saw Maryse and I fully intend in being the most accessible I can be for anyone to share what I have I realize now that the smallest details in my life made the bigger impact and with the Women in Aviation Week coming up, I hope I can make a difference. I like being involved with the conferences Canadian Women in Aviation held every two year and Girls Fly too held in Abbotsford every year. It is always such an incredible feeling to see all these successful women gathered together.

What does COPA mean to you? What are some ways the organization might help women get their start in aviation?

I am particularly proud to say that my parents started being member of COPA in One thing I remember are the magazines that would be in the house and piqued my curiosity. One of the greatest thing about COPA for me is that it centralized the information for Canadian aviation from Coast to Coast. It is also clear to me that the association has every Canadian pilot’s best interest in mind and keeps innovating.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-instagram” align=”right” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fsarkev2_5%2F|title:Follow%20Sarah%20on%20Instagram|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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Member Profile: Jackson Sisters


Women of Aviation Worldwide Week Member Profile: Jackson Sisters

March 5-11 is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. COPA is proud to support this and the many other initiatives that work tirelessly to promote women’s involvement in all different aspects of the aviation industry. Each day during WOAW week, we are profiling a COPA member who is promoting aviation in her own area of the industry.

Today’s WOAW member profile is the Jackson sisters – Vanessa, Sam, and Elly from BC, who are pursuing their goals as commercial pilots. We asked each what inspired them to get involved in aviation, about her plans for the future, and how she sees COPA’s role in aviation:

What Inspired You to Get Involved in Aviation

EJ: I grew up around airplanes thanks to my dad; I distinctly remember trips to Arizona and Disneyland sitting in the back seat of a Centurion when I was 6 years old. I guess you could say it was only a matter of time, although it was only recently I decided I wanted to pursue it as a career. My dad has been a huge influence and he even got his instructor rating to teach my younger sister and myself as well as we learned to fly on the C177 that my family owned.

VJ: We grew up at airports, and in planes. It always felt like home. We were fortunate to have a Dad who flew and was passionate. I can’t imagine not flying.

SJ: 1) Growing up we had the luxury of being able to hop in the family plane and fly somewhere for the day, weekend or longer.   It didn’t occur to me until I was older that this was even a luxury, but once I knew it was, I wanted to pursue it.  I always knew that our Dad was a pilot, but he never once made going to work actually seem like someone going to work.   Although always sad to leave his family, he was always excited to get paid to fly airplanes and travel the world.   It took about 10 years and a couple attempts at careers in other fields, but I finally accepted that I could not ignore the draw of aviation and the life it could allow me to live.

Tell us a short history of you aviation career up to now

EJ: I began flying in 2006, but life got in the way as it does. I didn’t start getting into aviation until April 2011 when I worked ramp for a local regional airline. After getting qualified to tow, working cargo and learning all I could for 3 years I decided this is what I wanted to do full time. I then switched jobs to be closer to Langley regional airport, began flying as much as I could. Finished my PPL, then my CPL, then the multi engine rating and finally the IFR rating, all the while learning tailwheel on the Vans aircraft RV-6 that my dad built. Still not able to land that first job I then turned to the instructor rating and two days after my flight test I had a job. Instructing for 8 months and obtaining my Class 3 instructor rating, I ended up getting an interview for a regional carrier and am currently in training for a B1900D as a first officer.

VJ: Completed my private on our own aircraft. Then enrolled and completed the BCIT Aviation program. Upon completion flew a 172 for a year, then a twin otter at Borek for two years before moving to a charter company on a Beech 1900. After two years at charter moved over to Air Georgian on the 1900, and now am finally making my last step and moving on to a large airline.

SJ: No career as of yet, still in the training stages

What is your favorite part of the job?

EJ: For instructing the best part of the job was the satisfaction of seeing a student succeed. Its so rewarding for them to learn something and accomplish what they set out to do, although I can almost guarantee it was more satisfying for me! I can distinctly remember a time my student (a girl) preformed an exercise so well I was ecstatic and she began to giggle as I probably was embarrassing her (good thing the tower couldn’t hear me)

As for the current career move, I cannot comment much although with how hard the road is to get there, the reward must be that much sweeter. Looking forward to flying into and above the clouds in a more complex aircraft in a multi crew environment as well as getting passengers to their destination. An added highlight to this career move is the first Captain I get to fly with is my older sister Vanessa Jackson!

VJ: Besides the amazing office view, I love the different people I work with every day. Each day has it’s own unique challenges, and everyone works together to help a flight operate safely and efficiently.

SJ: I imagine getting paid to do something you’d otherwise pay to do would be pretty great

Do you have any future goals in aviation?

EJ: As for the future all I can see is my current career move at the moment to a turbo prop aircraft and I will learn as much as I can. Maybe one day I would like to get into the jet world, preferably a 737 if I can land it (pun intended), As for the hobby side of it, I am getting into basic aerobatics in the RV-6 and am getting hooked (we will see how much time I have for that with the current job)

VJ: My goal is just always to excel in what I do. To always be advancing my skills and knowledge. I thoroughly enjoy training and would love to continue line indoctrination at a large company in the future.

SJ: My present plan is to get my float rating, work my way up to flying Beavers and Otters on floats and then after years of experience and persistence, to end up flying the Goose on the British Columbia coast.  After years of flying the beautiful old Goose, my goal is to work my way up to flying DC3’s. There’s something beautiful and enticing about the old girls that I can’t ignore.

What do you do in your spare time?

EJ: In my spare time I really enjoy riding motorcycles and that has been a huge part of my life as well as spending time with a horse that I rescued when I was in high school and painting/drawing, beyond that, just being outdoors and exploring has me pretty content.

VJ: My spare time is usually spent enjoying time with my Husband (who also flies for a living) and relaxing at home with a bunch of large rowdy dogs. We also have horses and enjoy riding and relaxing when weather allows.

SJ: Most of my spare time is spent with my dog, exploring the beautiful British Columbia coast by foot, bike, motorcycle or air as well as participating in Animal Activism

What are you doing to encourage other girls and women to get into aviation?

EJ: I help bring my dads aircraft to the Abbotsford airshow with my sister so we can display them there. Always a good opportunity to have young girls see the aircraft and be surprised that we actually get to fly them! With instructing i thoroughly enjoy teaching young girls that they can fly just as well as anyone else and if the opportunity arises that I can take someone for some aileron rolls in the RV then I am more than happy to do so!

Would really like to participate in more women in aviation events although this year has been tough with my training. I certainly won’t hesitate to do them in the future!

VJ: I encourage women in aviation I meet and new first officers I fly with because they are just as good at this job as their male coworkers. I work a lot and have not had much opportunity to actively participate in groups or events to bring more women into the aviation industry, but at my current position as a line indoctrination captain I get to train up the newest airline pilots and even my younger sister this month!

SJ: Since I’m not yet a paid pilot, my current career choice doesn’t get to come up as often as I like with women. Whenever the occasion arises that aviation IS the subject I take the opportunity to talk with women or girls to hopefully light a flame for a passion

What does COPA mean to you? What are some of the ways the organization might help women get their start in aviation?

EJ: COPA is a community backing Pilots and what aviation means so much to them. The freedom that aircraft bring and the big sense of community. Women just need support in a male dominated sport/career and to show that it is an obtainable goal. I think COPA would be an easy leg up for these women looking to take to the skies and to show that you just have to go for it!

VJ: Copa to me means a group. More specifically of people who all share an interest and are willing to help new generations grow together. Through events and information to get the word out about aviation and the world we all love. Copa could help women in aviation by attracting more women to aviation. Through events where there can be speakers and presentations, to visiting flight schools and featuring women in newsletters. There are many up and coming female pilots and I have no doubt there will be more in the future. ”

SJ: It’s a great organization with exposure, which can reach out to groups such as women and strengthen the image we are building for this particular career or hobby field for them. I think it’s a very necessary and beneficial association here for all pilots and owners in Canada.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-instagram” align=”right” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fel_jaxon%2F|title:Follow%20Elly%20on%20Instagram|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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Fuel to Flow: Imperial Resolves Avgas Issues

Imperial Oil said in early March that it intended to resume making 100 LL avgas after it resolved quality control issues that resulted in an interrupted supply to Canadian customers for much of February and March.

The company ordered a quarantine on all fuel shipped between Dec. 28 and Feb. 13 after tests revealed it might not meet conductivity standards which could lead to issues with capacitance-type fuel gauge sensors on aircraft and ground storage fuel tanks.

Imperial Oil said it had identified and tested all fuel in the field by March 8 and that 70 percent was fit for use. It had earlier said that the deficient fuel was unlikely to damage any aircraft or fuel dispensing equipment.

As those tests proceeded, the company was arranging for alternative sources until it could resume manufacturing and predicted that fuel supplies would return to normal by the end of March.

“This has been a challenging situation and we appreciate all of the patience, understanding and cooperation we have received from our customers, their resellers and from end users, said Imperial Vice President Jon Wetmore. “We recognize this situation has significantly disrupted the avgas flying community and we apologize for this.”

The affected fuel was shipped from the company’s Strathcona refinery in Edmonton to wholesalers supplying customers throughout Western Canada and in Eastern Ontario.

Many of the affected areas were in the grip of severe winter weather that minimized the impact on piston-engine customers but B.C.’s coastal areas were significantly affected. Several airports around Vancouver ran out of fuel and that grounded flight schools and other GA businesses. Some businesses arranged for fuel to be shipped from the U.S. but it was priced about 25 percent higher than the Esso product.

Member Profile: Tara Meikle


Women of Aviation Week Profile – Tara Meikle

March 5-11 is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. COPA is proud to support this and the many other initiatives that work tirelessly to promote women’s involvement in all different aspects of the aviation industry. Each day during WOAW week, we are profiling a COPA member who is promoting aviation in her own area of the industry.

Today’s WOAW member profile is Tara Meikle, of Alberta, who holds a CPL and is currently an Apprentice AME. We asked Tara about what inspired her to get involved in aviation, about her plans for the future, and how she sees COPA’s role in aviation:

What inspired you to get involved in aviation?

I owe my start in the aviation industry to the Air Cadet program. There were many activities and opportunities to learn about and get involved with aviation.

A short history of your aviation career up to now

When I graduated high school, I moved to Manitoba to pursue a career in aviation. I completed my private and commercial pilot licenses in southern Manitoba. During this time, I started gaining an appreciation for the maintenance side of aviation; I wanted to better understand the machines I was flying. I started spending some time around my flight school’s maintenance shop and asking the engineers a wide variety of questions. Their patience and eagerness to answer my various questions helped inspire me to come to the decision to pursue a career in aviation maintenance. I started looking for a job as an apprentice, and from there I found Keewatin Air and the Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson program at Red River College.

What is your favourite part of the job?

I love that this job is very hands on, and that I am learning something new every day. I get to work on and around the machines that I love. Through this job, I had the opportunity to move to Yellowknife, which is in my opinion one of the most beautiful areas of this country.

Do you have any future goals in aviation?

I plan on obtaining a small project aircraft with my husband to fix up so that we can fly it. My long term goal is just to be as involved with aviation as I can be.

What do you do in your spare time?

  • Watch aviation related videos and documentaries (I also love watching videos of STOL competitions)
  • Fly and help maintain my own small aircraft
  • Watch movies (I am a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

What are some of the ways to help other women get involved in aviation?

The more women we see in aviation, the more young women (or women in general) will have role models to look to and see careers in aviation as something that is achievable. Representation is important.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-instagram” align=”right” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fwinging_away%2F|title:Follow%20Tara%20on%20Instagram|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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