About Us

About Northrop Rice Aviation Training Solutions

Northrop Rice Aviation Training Solutions By continuing the Rice family legacy, Northrop Rice Training Solutions, based in Houston, Texas, provides training and management services to the aviation industry.

Cathy Landry, President, has over 35 years of experience including many years with the family business (Northrop Rice USA).

Northrop Rice USA Inc. operated FAA certificated Part 147 A&P training schools throughout the U.S. including Rice Aviation in Houston.

Aviation Training SolutionsThe family business was the technology provider on an international aviation training project with the government of Malaysia overseeing the equipment acquisition, instructor training and the development of over 4000 hours of curriculum in aviation maintenance, manufacturing, avionics, composites and technical management.

With a history of over 40 years of aviation training experience and expertise in classroom, practical and online learning techniques, Northrop Rice Training Solutions can help develop and deliver efficient and effective training that strengthens and qualifies the workforce capability.

Our primary customers are MRO’s or Repair Stations who have requested our assistance in the certification process, training program development, course ware development, training design and/or instruction. Our unique expertise is in the development of custom courses, classroom instruction and structured on-the-jobAviation Training training (SOJT) processes.

Northrop Rice has developed a cadre of contract instructors and curriculum developers to support the training and development services offered. We have a training facility on Ellington Airport in Houston. Our courses are offered at our facility or at a customers’ location.

Our Team

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Cathy Landry – President/Owner

As the President of Northrop Rice USA, she managed the set-up, certification, and operation of multiple aviation maintenance schools throughout the United States and served as Project Manager for a 1000-student training program for the Malaysian government. Cathy also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Northrop Rice Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to students entering the aviation industry.  Cathy is a certificated Airframe mechanic.

Terry Landry – VP Business Development/Operations

Terry has over 35 years of experience in marketing, sales and operations in the oilfield service industry.  He has been connected to aviation for 25 years through the Northrop Rice family business.  He brings his sales and business development expertise to the aviation training arena with focus on the continued expansion of the Northrop Rice services.


Cathy Landry

Cathy is a program development specialist and trainer in Human Factors, Safety Management Systems, Federal Aviation Regulations, and Structured On-the Job Training (OJT) courses.

Patrick Causey

Patrick has over 25 years of experience in aviation.  He received his Aviation Safety and Security certification from USC, and also has his FAA A&P certification.  He works as Supervisor Air Safety Investigation Specialist for the Chief Analytical Investigation Branch of the Directorate of Quality Management at the Corpus Christi Army Depot.  As an instructor, he has taught TSI Aviation Accident Investigation, TSI Basic Rotocraft Accident Investigation, Standardization, new equipment training for CH-47F cargo helicopters, and Human Factors.

Dave Miller

Dave started in the aviation industry in 1966. He spent four years in the Air Force as a Crew Chief for KC-135s. He received an Associate’s in Specialized Technology from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, an A&P as well as his Inspection Authorization (IA) certification. He owned and operated a repair station in El Paso before joining the FAA and spending 20 years as an Inspector in Houston. He has also worked as a part-time instructor for FlightSafety International, and at Northrop Rice currently instructs RS Audit, Inspections, IA Test Prep and Human Factors. He continues to write and revise Repair Station Manuals and repair station certification.



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