GPS Pioneer Retires

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Although we lament, and sometimes joke, about the snail's pace of technological advances in aviation sometimes, there have been some revolutionary advances that have become universally accepted in a relatively short time. GPS navigation has to be considered among them and one of the key players in its development is retiring. Gary L. Burrell is stepping aside as co-chairman and director of Garmin Ltd. "Over the past 15 years, I have had the rare and gratifying opportunity to help build a great organization whose products have helped improve the safety of aviation," Burrell said in a statement. Burrell and Dr. Min H. Kao formed Garmin in 1989. Dr. Kao, who was co-chairman with Burrell, takes over as chairman and CEO. Burrell has been appointed chairman emeritus. Two new directors have been appointed, bringing the total to six. They are Clifton A. Pemble and Charles W. Peffer.