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Coats & Evans, P.C.'s Managing Shareholder Gary L. Evans recently qualified for the National Business Aviation Association's ("NBAA") prestigious 12,000 Hour Pilot Safety Award, signifying over 12,000 hours of accident-free flight hours in command/control of a business aircraft. The firm also recently qualified for the NBAA Corporate Business Flying Safety Award, signifying over sixteen (16) years of business aircraft flying without an accident. Mr. Evans flew for NBAA members operating multi-engine corporate jets during a twenty year plus corporate flying career, including the Kaiser companies, and Amoco Corporation, in aircraft ranging from the Citation and Lear 35 to the Gulfstream III, acquiring over 9,500 turbo-jet flight hours. Mr. Evans soloed in 1972, and has since accumulated over 13,300 accident and incident free flight hours. The firm currently operates multiple aircraft in support of its aviation law practice, including superbly restored, award winning examples of the Aero Commander 500S (a "Shrike", sold in 2015), a Piper Aerostar factory 700P (twice winner of the coveted Aerostar Owners Association “Queen of the Fleet” award), an F33A Beechcraft Bonanza, and a Cessna 172. For more information, contact Coats & Evans, P.C. at (281) 367-7732
(The Woodlands, Texas – June 6, 2018) The United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has once again ruled in favor of airman Richard Boeta and against the NTSB, which had previously sought to a firm the suspension of Boeta’s airline transport pilot’s certificate for 60 days, in a case defended by former LPBA President Gary L. Evans and his firm, Coats & Evans, P.C. In its initial ruling, the 5th Circuit took the very rare step of reversing decisions of both a National Transportation Safety Board Administrative Law Judge, who had upheld the suspension, and the National Transportation Safety Board, which had rejected Boeta’s initial appeal. However, the NTSB failed to comply with the 5th Circuit’s Mandate, by refusing to expunge the purported suspension from Mr. Boeta's air transport pilot certificate records, which Boeta took up on appeal once again to the 5th Circuit in late 2017. Instead of expunging the suspension as directed by the 5th Circuit, the NTSB had originally sought to include a statement that “the Administrator’s 60-day suspension of respondent’s ATP certificate is waived”, and the NTSB would later argue that such a statement is equivalent to the expunction ordered by the Court of Appeals. The 5th Circuit’s June 6, 2018 Opinion granted Mr. Boeta’s Petition for Review of the NTSB Remand Order EA-5800, vacated the Remand Order issued by the NTSB, and remanded the case to the NTSB, once again, to expunge the suspension from Mr. Boeta’s air transport pilot certificate. The 5th Circuit found that the NTSB had failed to comply with its Mandate, once again ordering the NTSB to "fully comply with our prior opinion". Boeta is currently seeking an award of attorneys' fees and expenses against the NTSB under the Equal Access to Justice Act for the unreasonable position it has taken in this case.

(San Antonio, Texas - March, 2018) Gary L. Evans participates in and garners first place in the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association spot landing demonstrations at the Devine Airport near San Antonio, during the winter LPBA meeting, 2018.

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(The Woodlands, Texas – August 8, 2016) The United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ruled in favor of airman Richard Boeta and against the Federal Aviation Administration, which had sought to suspend Boeta’s airline transport pilot’s certificate for 60 days, in a case defended by former LPBA President Gary L. Evans and his firm, Coats & Evans, P.C. In issuing this ruling, the 5th Circuit took the very rare step of reversing decisions of both a National Transportation Safety Board Administrative Law Judge, who had upheld the suspension, and the National Transportation Safety Board, which had rejected Boeta’s initial appeal.

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(Orlando, Florida – 2013) Gary L. Evans participates in the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association spot landing demonstration at the Winter Havens Airport near Orlando. The photo linked below shows Gary L. Evans at the "money moment" right before winning the event.

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  • Hempstead, Texas – December 20, 2010 - A Waller County, Texas district court has determined that D'Shannon Products, Ltd. is the sole and rightful owner of a wide variety of upgrades for Beechcraft piston engine aircraft. The court also awarded D'Shannon and its owners $1,296,908.00 from prior holders of various Beechcraft upgrade rights for unpaid commissions, expenses and attorneys' fees.

 

  • The Woodlands, Texas – August 30, 2010 - Aviation Law Firm Launches Mediation Practice. Coats & Evans, PC, an aviation law firm based in The Woodlands, Texas, announced today that Drew Coats, one of the firm’s two founding shareholders, has completed mediation training with mediation pioneer Professor Kimberlee Kovach, a distinguished lecturer in Dispute Resolution at South Texas College of Law and former chair of the American Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the State Bar of Texas ADR Section.

 

  • Houston, Texas - February 3, 2010 - Houston Premier Jet Owner Sues Hawker Beechcraft Over Repeated Runaway Rudder Trim Events. Eastham Aviation, Inc., owner of a Raytheon Premier business jet, sued Hawker Beechcraft Corporation over three (3) rudder trim runaways that occurred during November and December, 2009. Eastham owned the Premier since 2006, and had it operated by Executive Jet Management. Neither HBC nor Hawker Beechcraft Services have been able to provide Eastham with any explanation as to why the rudder trim traveled to the full left position on three different occasions with no command input from the flight crew. Eastham is seeking rescission of the contract under which the Premier jet was purchased.

 

  • The Woodlands, Texas - January 31, 2010 - Coats & Evans, P.C.'s Managing Shareholder Gary L. Evans recently qualified for the National Business Aviation Association's ("NBAA") prestigious 11,000 Hour Pilot Safety Award, signifying over 11,000 hours of accident-free flight hours in command/control of a business aircraft. The firm recently qualified for the NBAA Corporate Business Flying Safety Award, signifying over eight years of business aircraft flying without an accident. Mr. Evans flew for NBAA members operating multi-engine corporate jets during a twenty year corporate flying career, including the Kaiser companies, and Amoco Corporation, in aircraft ranging from the Citation and Lear 35 to the Gulfstream III, acquiring in excess of 9,500 turbo-jet flight hours. The firm currently operates multiple aircraft in support of its aviation law practice, including superbly restored, award winning examples of the Aero Commander 500S ("Shrike"), a Piper Aerostar factory 700P, and an F33A Beechcraft Bonanza. For more information, contact Coats & Evans, P.C. at (281) 367-7732.

 

 

  • Conroe, TX - November 26, 2008 - Jury Returns Verdict for Plane Owner Sued Over Accident
    • On November 21, 2008, a Montgomery County, Texas jury rejected a request on behalf of the parents of a 34 year old pilot killed in an experimental aircraft accident in 2005 for $23.2 million, plus punitive damages. Aviation law firm Coats & Evans and Conroe lawyer Scott Golemon of Haas & Golemon successfully defended the owner of the aircraft involved in the accident.
    • View the official press release
    • View the jury charge document
    • View the final judgment

 

  • Kissimmee, Florida - October 11, 2008 - Gary Evans owns and operates the Firm's 1984 Piper 700P Aerostar. Following a refurbishing of the aircraft that took approximately 1.5 years, those efforts were rewarded during the 2008 Aerostar Owner's Association meeting when the attendees voted to award N702PG the coveted "Queen of the Fleet" Award for 2008.

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