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Post Office Box 130246
The Woodlands, Texas 77393-0246
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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.
(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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Gary L. Evans participates in the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association spot landing demonstration at Wakefield Airport near Williamsburg, Virginia, July, 2012.
LPBA is a unique international, non-profit association with members in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, that fills a special niche in the multitude of bar associations and affiliations of lawyers, pilots and aviation aficionados. The LPBA has been in existence since 1959, and facilitates its members’ involvement in many aviation and legally-related activities. Membership benefits include a superb website and Facebook page describing LPBA and its meetings; the LPBA Journal, which is a valuable aviation law and information resource; and fun-filled, entertaining, and rewarding Summer and Winter CLE meetings.
You do not need to be a lawyer or a pilot to join LPBA. Though LPBA welcomes lawyer-pilots (and indeed puts up with them), you just need to have an interest in aviation, a desire for excellent aviation law resources, and an enjoyment of people who share your interest in the special fellowship that binds together people who like aviation and the law. The LPBA motto notes that we are “Dedicated to aviation safety, the just administration of the law and continuing legal education.” If you are too, you belong in the LPBA!
LPBA’s biannual meetings are a key feature, different from any other bar association meeting or CLE program you may have attended. Besides LPBA’s morning-only CLE sessions, which are always educational and entertaining, there are other planned activities for members, and for their spouses and families as well, ensuring that their LPBA meeting experience is thoroughly enjoyable. We meet in memorable settings; recently we’ve been to great venues such as the Resort at Coeur d’Alene Idaho, and the beautiful Waikoloa Hilton on Hawaii, where our members enjoyed fantastic Hawaiian experiences and hospitality. Our Summer meeting this year was in Williamsburg, Virginia and our Winter 2013 gathering will be near Disney World in Orlando; meeting and other valuable information about LPBA and our many activities and interests can be found on our website at www.LPBA.org and at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/LawyerPilots/, our Facebook page. LPBA’s meetings also include a fun and beneficial silent auction, which has previously included aircraft refinishing, discounts on avionics upgrades, aviation artifacts, artwork, and unique vacation opportunities.
LPBA dues remain a bargain at only $119.00/year. LPBA also has the “Sustaining Member” option available for only $250.00/year, which provides LPBA members with great recognition on its website, at meetings and in LPBA publications. More information about the many benefits of being a Sustaining Member may be found on the LPBA website.