Office of Aviation Update April 2021

Dear Aviation Stakeholders,

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is proud to announce the addition of a new team member to the Aviation Division. Ryan Landry is the new aviation safety airport inspector for the division.

Ryan was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He currently lives with his wife, Sarah, and son, Ian, in Ponchatoula, LA with another little one on the way. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a crew chief on the F-22 Raptor. After the military, Ryan graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

He earned his private pilot certificate in May 2016 and decided to pursue a career in aviation in May 2020. He is currently attending Liberty University to obtain his bachelor’s degree in aviation. He is also completing additional flight training in New Orleans to obtain his commercial pilot certificate.

He looks forward to this opportunity to work in the aviation field and to work with the Louisiana airport system. Ryan will primarily be serving the northern portion of the state in completing his important safety duties.

The Department thanks you for your continued support and development of the aviation industry throughout the state of Louisiana. The Louisiana airport system is responsible for over 84,000 jobs with a payroll of over $2.6 billion and provides over $9.3 billion in economic impact to the state annually.

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