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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jan 05, 2016 @ 01:22 PM | 4,986 Views

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I am so confused Is it a Drone or a UAS. The media is responsible for providing the facts, yet whenever they report on the FAA & the public’s concern for Drones, they always show a quad multi-rotor copter. The AMA is responsible for educating the public & it’s members, they too show quad multi-rotor copter in their educational media. Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) & they too show a quad. The FAA said one of the reasons for the rules requiring registration is so they can educate the owners of unmanned aircraft. They also, exclusively use pictures of a quad multi-rotor copter.

If I were a new owner of unmanned aircraft, I would assume the FAA rules only apply to multi-rotor copter. When John Public goes to buy a rocket, fixed wing, glider, helicopter, EDF jet or other non-multi-rotor aircraft, he/she would naturally assume the FAA rules do Not apply to them.

Am I the only one that thinks all these organizations continue to fail horribly in their mission to educate the public?

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:29 PM | 5,881 Views

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The FAA has issued its "Law Enforcement Officer Guidance for Unmanned Aircraft Systems" - see attached

February 16 update by the AMA: As a reminder, the FAA UAS registration deadline is February 19. All model pilots who use a ground-control system with a communications link such as an RC transmitter, that is over 0.55 pounds (or 250 grams) and less than 55 pounds, are required to register. This includes operators who fly fixed-wing RC aircraft and helicopters, not just multirotors or drones. Please make sure to visit to register. Several fake registration websites have been set up online to attempt to steal personal and credit card information. Many of these fake sites look credible or appear to belong to the FAA. The FAA has warned pilots to avoid sites that offer paid services assisting model pilots in the registration process.

February 11, 2016 update: "The Aviation Innovation, Reform, And Reauthorization Act Of 2016" ... is one offered by Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) that would create a new class of 'Micro UAS' that would be subject to fewer restrictions than larger unmanned aircraft."

January 22, 2016 update: The AMA says it's ok to fly above 400 feet, FPV as long as members adhere to the AMA Safety Code. Is the FAA ok with that? Let's find out

January 11, 2016 update: Good news, the AMA has reported:
• AMA and the FAA are
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Dec 14, 2015 @ 07:36 AM | 13,003 Views
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update: The Beaver was retired on July 12, 2016 after many flights & a final fatal crash. My suggestion to others is to check the ESC has not been dislodged or is loose & re-calibrate the Gyro after every crash. I think one or both happened to me & I failed to check it causing the crash after the crash / repair. RIP XK DHC-2 A600 Beaver.

I have been looking for a brushless micro park flyer, with SAFE & AS3x equivalent, to compliment my umx Sport Cub S2 fleet. I found the XK DHC-2 A600 Brushless Beaver. Current street price under $79 delivered in the USA (I paid $100)

For best price, try
Banggood the price keeps changing between $78.99 free shipping & $89.99 with up to $36.20 shipping to the USA (when you click it, wait a few seconds for the US Direct link to dispaly.

also look at the price at Banggood US Direct, sometimes lower than from the above link

If you want a Bind-n-Fly version ~ Transmitter (Not Included)

Banggood must have several drop-shipment sites in North America, hense the use of the words "US Direct" & not US Warehouse. My part came from a generic name in Canada but a member's plane from the US. Either way, if it gets to us faster, all the better.

Note: Gearbest is on Back order "Dispatch: Ships after Mar 13"
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Dec 13, 2015 @ 10:42 PM | 5,637 Views

A friend wanted to learn to manage multiple Flight Modes on his DX9. He found this excellent 3 part video. While this example is for a 350 QX quad, the lessons learned can be applied to any aero.

DX9 FLIGHT MODES 350 QX PART 1 VID (12 min 52 sec)

DX9 FLIGHT MODES 350 QX PART 2 VID (16 min 57 sec)
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Dec 10, 2015 @ 10:04 PM | 8,606 Views

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I have been looking for a brushless park flyer to compliment my Horizon Hobby umx Sport Cub S2 fleet. Now that Horizon has announced the umx J-3 Cub with a brushless motor & AS3x, I will try that plane next Spring. I found the NICESKY Model DHC-2 Beaver w/Float Set on-sale for a $59 street price. Prices range as high as $146. Take $59, add an Rx + Gyro and you have a $170 brushless BNF Basic plane with stabilization, Spectrum 6 channel Rx & floats.

Before I comment on the plane, first the disclaimer: Due to mechanic / pilot error, this plane crashed 3 out of 4 sorties. The last sortie was going great until the battery disconnected & it crashed while in fail safe.

The plane has a very powerful motor & prop, so the second you add full power, the tail will lift up. The problem is that it is also heavy so it requires airspeed to fly. Until it starts to fly, anything that “grabs” the wheels or floats prior to flight will cause the plane to tip forward & break the prop. So either assure you have an ultra-smooth takeoff platform or give it a good hand toss for takeoff. Arrive with some power to force the tail down & cut power.

I broke the prop on my first maiden attempt. Replaced it with a GWS EP 7035 (7x3.5). While changing the prop, I removed the Cowl & what did I find, an 11.6 gram loose dead weight. I hate dead weights. So I removed it. With the floats on, I did not see a noticeable change in the CG, go figure, but then I added some
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Dec 04, 2015 @ 11:56 AM | 5,103 Views

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At this time of year I like to have a plane or two ready for when it snows. But why wait, just mission it with floats & hanger in the dining room No need to worry, no water? no snow? no worries mate. Just name it “no worries” & go have fun.

The umx Sport Cub S2 is a great & fun plane for the park & club. When adding floats & flying in cold weather, it has two issues that need to be addressed. First, the wire for the floats extends beyond the foam causing a challenge for placing the battery flat against the fuselage. Second, cold weather can significantly cut down on flight times if the battery is cold. So to solve both problems with one solution, I made a shrink tube for the battery. It attaches to the fuselage with velcro, lifts the battery connector to clear the wire & helps keep the battery from cooling of in flight.

We will have to see if this stock motor makes the cut. When I opened the box, you could smell the paint, so I will assume it is fresh batch & by now HH has heard our plight and fixed their production problem with the motors. Time will tell.

Other typical mods for this plane can be found on my blog “Sport Cub Motor ground school” =>

Here are my fav video from last years model

Spring Snow ~ Low & Slow HD (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Nov 07, 2015 @ 09:20 AM | 5,914 Views

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I recently wrote a series of blogs about the motors used in the umx Sport Cub S2. Many folks have appreciated the data & information presented. Here are the links to blogs & forum posts that relate to the umx Sport Cub 2.

Does a 25C battery outperform a 45C =>

Sport Cub Stock Motor Benchmarks =>

My Micro Motor Warehouse Story =>

Micro Motor Benchmarks for Sport Cub =>

Micro Motor Battle: HH versus MMW =>

Good Bye Horizon Hobby =>

umx Sport Cub S2 ground school =>

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Nov 02, 2015 @ 08:57 AM | 5,353 Views

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Lipo battery safety is one topic that can never get too much press. We all need a Lipo Safety reminder every year. The Academy of Model Aeronautics has written a series of Lipo safety bulletins. Since everyone on RCG is not a member of the AMA, I thought I would share a quick reference summary & links on my blog.

The Articles

LiPo Battery Basics 1 – Safe Use =>

LiPo Battery Basics 2 – Transporting =>

LiPo Battery Basics 3 – Charging =>

LiPo Battery Basics – Disposal =>

AMA Emergency Safety Alert - Lithium Battery Fires =>

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Nov 01, 2015 @ 06:50 PM | 6,771 Views

AMA Members Speak Up

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration =>

It is estimated the registration system will initially cost $56 million to run through 2020. So if my calculations are correct, they will need 2.2 million registered Pilots, every year, to break even. The AMA only has 140,000 + members & 75 years of experience and track record.

* * * * * The section below is now a legacy of the RC Hobby * * * * *
December 14, 2015

The AMA should only deal with what is good for its members; therefore, they should only address section 336 as it relates to the new initiative to register Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS. AMA members operating a model aircraft within section 336 need to be separated from those operating outside section 336. Given that, they must demand the DOT/FAA recognize their status as a nationwide community-based organizations and specifically EXEMPT its members from any registration rule or regulation.

Only 4,436 comments have been sent to the FAA (aka DOT) as of 11:59 PM November 6. We need over 100,000 comments, so let’s get to work. Deadline is November 6 - it's over folks. Click here to submit your comment (leave your name & email blank and the comment will be posted on the public register as Anonymous)

Full exemption from registration of our UAS,
when operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines,
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:47 PM | 5,575 Views

P-51D Mustang by HiTec

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I received the P-51D Mustang “Double Trouble Two” P2GO by HiTec as a gift from Pilot MnM for teaching her fly the Sport Cub S2. I had tried to fly a P-51 previously without success. I love the HiTec P-51. There is lots of room for the Rx, battery & a Gyro. Yes, I decided to hedge my bets on success so I installed an Eagle A3 Super II Gyro. If you are new to gyros, suggest you do your research to get familiar with the terms, read forums & ask for help. Once you know how to set them up for your plane, they can help you increase your plane’s Fun Factor. I like the fact I can switch between Stagility mode (release the right sticks in mode 2 & it will self-level). I set the bank angle to 45 degree max. Flip the switch to fly normally with the equivalent of AS3x to help with the wind or turbulence, flip back to stability for landings & takeoff or just to relax for a few seconds. I programmed my gyro using the PC as it is a visual interface. I attached the Gyro on the top of the wing and left the programming cord attached so I can make changes. Also installed a Bind port extension so I can rebind & set the fail safe without any hassles. The canopy has enough space for everything. With a 910mah battery, the CG was to my liking. They recommend a 1000mah or slightly larger battery.

As my friend, a retired RAAF pilot, said “Great looking P-51. I'll admit they are a handful, no matter what size, until you become
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Oct 08, 2015 @ 07:01 PM | 6,604 Views

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WOW Wee, got to love it. So I called Horizon Hobby to tell them about the motors of the Sport Cub S2 (the $99 one) going bad prematurely. The Horizon Hobby representative said the motors are a wear & tear item. He offered to replace 1 motor out of the 4. I told him to keep his 1 motor & I would prefer to blog about my experience. IMHO, this is not a wear & tear issue as the original motors from the first batch of production went the distance. IMHO, this is a quality control issue. So what did it cost for 9 hours of flight time? Let’s see $10.99 + $2.99 shipping times 4 motors = $55.92. $55.92 divided by 9 hrs = $6.21 per hour of flight time. Heck, some days I do 1 hour of flight time in day. Now that is an expensive plane to maintain.

So what will I do?

- I will cancel my order for another Sport Cub S
- I will no longer give the Sport Cub S2 as a gift
- I will continue to buy the Micro Motor Warehouse motors
- I will shift my purchasing back to other brands
- I will write a letter to the CEO about their motor issue, na, figure not worth my effort.

I suspect my purchases in the future from Horizon Hobbies will be greatly reduced. In 2014 I spent over $2000 & in 2015 I have spent over $1200 so far, with Christmas still months away. Final number for 2015 $1,296.95 Estimate for 2016 +/- $500 The good thing is I have discovered some good (& bad) alternate manufactures. The good have provided some very nice planes that I enjoy to fly.

IMHO the
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Oct 06, 2015 @ 02:46 PM | 5,818 Views

Beautiful Autumn day in Northern New Jersey. Winds light & variable, no turbulence, mild thermal activity, low UV index, temps in the mid 60’s F. Spent 4 hours at the Club, watching very accomplished pilots fly anything & everything fixed-wing electric. Strapped in a camping chair under the shade of a tree, Sport Cub S C9, with a new HH motor, ran through 6 batts for a total of 70+ minutes of airtime. Flight logger activated for the first two flights. First flight did a 360 foot spiral in 12 seconds (30.0 fps / 20.5 mph / 32.9 kmh). A full scale pilot said " that's a lot of G's" & waited for the wings to snap off. Second batt caught a thermal, dead stick glide for over 2 1/2 min, back up again into another thermal. Dead stick from altitude for over 3 1/2+ min spiral & glide to a perfect power off landing on the deck. Total flight time for batt #2 ~ 20 min 18 sec. Sustained winds on the last batt so did a bunch of near vertical elevator landings & STOL ROG to appreciative spectators. One of my mentors commented, "Red, I still remember the day when you would pack up your planes at the slightest hint of a breeze." Hum, I’ll call it the best day of the 2015 season.

Best Day for the 2014 Season
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Oct 04, 2015 @ 12:36 PM | 5,482 Views

Air Show Atlantic 2015
Atlantic Canada International Air Show
Summerside Airport, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Photos courtesy of photographer Tech Teacher

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Oct 01, 2015 @ 10:18 PM | 4,860 Views

Atlantic Canada International Air Show
Summerside Airport, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
August 22 and 23, 2015

Listen to the Leader call out “Now” & Narrow, Narrow” & “Tightening” to appreciate the precision.

Canadian Pride (6 min 0 sec)

Produced by Red Sneakers
Film courtesy of Tech Teacher
Reprinted by permission
No Creative Commons License

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Sep 13, 2015 @ 08:07 PM | 5,389 Views

I was hoping this was the year to learn to fly 3D, it will have to wait till next year.

In the meantime, a friend sent me some links to some good 3D training.
All in all, it is 54 minutes of instruction. Enjoy!

Michael Wargo How to Learn 3D episode 1 (15 min 43 sec)

Michael Wargo How to Learn 3D pt2 -"Throttle, Rolling and rolling harrier" (19 min 33 sec)
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Sep 03, 2015 @ 03:36 PM | 6,606 Views

Micro Motor Battle

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Let the micro motor battle begin. I have several umx Sport Cub S planes. After the Sport Cub motors started to fail way too early, I started to keep track of the number of flight hours each had lasted before failure.

Horizon Hobby Sport Cub versus Micro Motor Warehouse

Here are the standings so far
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by Red Sneakers
Horizon Hobby Sport Cub motor
umx Sport Cub S
#01 ~ lasted 2.8 flight hours
#02 ~ lasted 1.6 flight hours
#03 ~ lasted 0.8 flight hours
#04 ~ lasted 3.7 flight hours
#05 ~ lasted 7.0 flight hours
[All my flights were mixed throttle control]

Micro Motor Warehouse motor
umx Sport Cub S
#01 ~ lasted 7.0 flight hours
#02 ~ lasted 7.0 flight hours

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by liquidcourage
Horizon Hobby Sport Cub motor
umx Sport Cub S
#01 ~ lasted <2.0 flight hours
#02 ~ lasted <2.0 flight hours

Horizon Hobby umx Radian motor
umx Radian
#01 ~ lasted ~2.0 flight hours

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by brokendiff
Horizon Hobby Sport Cub motor
umx Sport Cub S
#01 ~ lasted 2.9 flight hours
#02 ~ lasted 2.9 flight hours
#03 ~ lasted 1.7 flight hours
#04 ~ lasted 1.3 flight hours
#05 ~ lasted 0.2 flight hours
#06 ~ lasted 1.7 flight hours

Micro Motor Warehouse motor
umx Sport Cub S
#01 ~ lasted 7.83 flight hours
#02 - in operation
recipient of the Squeezing Blood out of a Stone Award
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by mupepe
Horizon Hobby Sport Cub motor
umx Sport Cub S
#01 ~ lasted 5.5 flight hours
[All my flights were slow usually just above half stick]

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by Vulcaneer
Horizon Hobby Sport Cub motor
umx Sport Cub S
#01 ~ lasted ~2.0 flight hours
[Mixed throttle. But mostly half throttle]

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For those interested in checking out the Micro Motor,
here is a direct link to the CL-0820-15-9T - coreless motor for micro planes
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 18, 2015 @ 10:55 PM | 5,508 Views

2015 Red Sneakers Airshow Fun Fly
Greenwood Lake Airshow
Greenwood Lake Airport, West Milford , New Jersey, USA

Attended the Greenwood Lake Airshow this year with the family. Had a great time. The program was full of non-stop action. The performers put on an excellent show. New acts this year. Especially liked the Canadian Wing Walker, Carol Pilon & the Raiders Team. Heck we loved them all: Gary Ward; Red Line; FLS Microjet; Greg Koontz; Greg Connell; MegasaurusKevin Russo; Jerry McCart; US Marines; Medivac Heli. The sponsors, organizers & volunteers out did themselves. 2015 had a record breaking attendance of 31,000!

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 17, 2015 @ 10:31 AM | 5,691 Views

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Sport Cub stock motor amp draw benchmarks for the umx Sport Cub S (SC) while in flight.

Buyer beware with the Sport Cub S stock replacement motors! see Good Bye Horizon Hobbies
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Conclusion: The Sport Cub stock motor consumes 3ma to 4ma less per minute than the Micro Motor Warehouse CL-0820-15-9T motor. I don’t know if having this much fun is against local ordinance but I got some smiles, waves & compliments while doing the ‘high speed’ testing

Flight plan was to stay close to the airport, no higher than 100 feet, oval or figure eight pattern and dead stick it to the nearest airport when the time expired. Total flight time 7 min. Timer set to 6:40 to allow 20 seconds to reach the runway. It was fun flying without throttle management, just controlling the speed to maintain altitude.

Here are some benchmarks to get you started when using a Sport Cub stock motor, with AS3x & SAFE active, so you can set your timer. The airplane was the SC with Grasshopper upgrade tires, SC motor & stock prop, and navigation streamers. Don’t forget to leave an allowance for Reserve fuel & fuel to return to home. If you want more info on setting your timer, see =>

A stock umx Sport Cub S fuel burn rate, in the air, should be approximately:

- Calm to light breeze with no turbulence: 14ma per minute at <45% throttle [low &
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 09, 2015 @ 09:10 AM | 6,133 Views

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This is the story of my journey testing the Micro Motor (MM) Warehouse CL-0820-15-9T motor on a micro plane. Originally intended for the Champ but eventually installed on the umx Sport Cub S (SC).

Conclusion: I love my MM on the SC. The performance is very good & consistent. Looks like the MM #01 still had some life left in it. Hitting LVC sooner than before seems to be a combination of slightly higher amp draw & weaker batteries. Having a reliable motor back on the SC is nirvana. In the future, I may do some static testing using a different prop to see if I can maintain the performance while drawing less amps. I have ordered the Eagle Tree voltage logger so I can do longer static tests, say 30 second motor run & get the battery / motor / prop performance data. Video "How to solder tiny wires" at the end. Related blog "Micro Motor Benchmarks for Sport Cub", click here

I went back & researched when I started thinking about using the MM. It was back in September 2014. I purchased two motors & asked a question of the company. The simple email turned into a warring opinionated exchange of words via email. We each responded with passion. To the company’s credit, they said if I did not like the product, to send it back & they would issue a full refund. Hum, that just seems too easy.

The MM philosophy is “October 01, 2014: We sell high performance parts for enthusiasts, they require a good amount of skill and knowledge.
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 08, 2015 @ 01:05 PM | 5,859 Views
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Micro Motor amp draw benchmarks for the umx Sport Cub S while in flight

I don’t know if having this much fun is against local ordinance. Had to do some more testing of the Micro Motor (MM) Warehouse CL-0820-15-9T motor & batteries.

Conclusion: The MM is a nice option for those flying the umx Sport Cub S albeit it requires a higher amp quality battery to perform well. This is due to the higher amp draw at WOT.

Flight plan was to stay close to the airport, no higher than 50 feet, oval or figure eight pattern and dead stick it to the nearest airport when the motor started pulsing LVC or time expired. It was fun flying without throttle management, just controlling the speed to maintain altitude. Plus I got a “that’s cool” from a jogger passing by.

Here are some benchmarks to get you started when using a MM, with AS3x & SAFE active, so you can set your timer. The airplane was the umx Sport Cub S with Grasshopper upgrade tires, MM & stock prop. Don’t forget to leave an allowance for Reserve fuel & fuel to return to home. If you want more info on setting your timer, see =>

A Sport Cub with a micro motor fuel burn rate, in the air, should be approximately:

- Calm to light breeze with no turbulence: 18ma per minute at <45% throttle [low & slow]
- Calm to breezy with no turbulence: 21ma per minute at 50% throttle
- Windy & turbulence: 27ma per minute at 75% throttle
- Calm to
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