NATCA Efforts Lead to Re-Naming Spokane Tower
Thursday, March 03, 2011

NATCA participated in a special event on Feb. 25 with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., re-naming the Spokane Tower after Ray Daves, a retired air traffic controller and WWII veteran.
As The Spokesman-Review put it, "There apparently is only one federal air traffic control tower named for anyone, and Spokane has it. By act of Congress, the tower at Spokane International Airport was named for Ray Daves, a retired air traffic controller and World War II veteran who survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Representing NATCA at the event were Northwest Mountain RVP Jim Ullmann, NNM Legislative Representative Denise Spencer and NATCA Spokane member Liz Larsen.

"Mr. Daves stated that 'being an Air Traffic Controller was the best job he ever had.' After the formal ceremony, I went up and told Mr. Daves that it was still the best job in the world," says Ullmann.

Below: Liz Larsen commemorates Ray Daves on behalf of NATCA.
The plaque reads: "On behalf of the hardworking Men and Women
of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, we hereby
officially recognize Ray Daves for his commitment and contributions
to the United States of America and the National Airspace System."

Above (left to right): Jim Ullmann, Liz Larsen, Denise
Spencer, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers,
Ray Daves, (woman believed to be Ray's sister).

Here are links to several good press clips from the event to read more about this special honor for Mr. Daves:

The Spokesman-Review


The Examiner