Articles by David Koenig

How U.S. Is Attempting to Manage Risk from ‘Insider’ Terrorist Threat in Aviation

The arrest of an airline mechanic suspected of being sympathetic with terrorists and charged with sabotaging a jetliner has renewed fear about the “insider threat” to aviation security. Despite security upgrades since the hijacking terror attacks of 2001, breaches including …

U.S. Jury Finds Huawei Stole Silicon Valley Startup’s Trade Secrets

A federal jury in Texas has ruled that Huawei stole trade secrets from a Silicon Valley startup, but it didn’t award any damages. After a three-week trial, jurors in U.S. District Court in Sherman, Texas, determined Wednesday that while Huawei …

Recent Airline Crashes Don’t Reflect Aviation Safety Record

With plane crashes making headlines recently, one in Florida with no fatalities and another in Russia that killed dozens, travelers might question whether flying has become less safe. Aviation experts regard the recent incidents as a statistical blip, however, pointing …

Ease Up On Commercial Drones, Scientists Advise Safety Regulators

Science advisers to the federal government say safety regulators are hindering the spread of commercial drones by being too cautious about the risks posed by the flying machines. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine said in a report …

Southwest Has Paid Millions in Safety Violation Fines, Faced Union Safety Complaints

Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. Planes flying for Dallas-based Southwest make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which add to wear and tear on airplane parts, including the engines. As the investigation into …

Hurricane Harvey Shutters Key Oil, Gas Operations in Texas

Key oil and gas facilities along the Texas Gulf Coast have temporarily shut down as Hurricane Harvey pounds the region with torrential rain and high winds, virtually assuring gasoline prices will rise in the storm’s aftermath. Even before the Harvey …

Exxon: Oil & Gas to Will Continue Dominate Energy Sector for Decades

The way Texas-based oil giant Exxon Mobil sees it, the global energy landscape won’t be radically different in 2040 than it is today. Oil and gas will remain king, accounting for an even slightly larger share of the energy supply. …

Judge Fines Texas Guardrail Maker $663M over Design Changes

A federal judge ordered a Texas company to pay $663 million in damages for failing to tell the government about design changes to highway guardrails that critics say made the systems more dangerous. Trinity Industries Inc. said it would appeal. …

San Antonio Lab to Conduct Guardrail Crash Tests

Federal officials say crash tests will show by early 2015 whether guardrails found along many U.S. highways work are safe. The Federal Highway Administration said that crash tests involving guardrails made by Trinity Industries Inc. will be done by mid-January …

AMR Sues Retired Workers Over Health Benefits

Dallas-based American Airlines and its parent company are suing to stop providing health care and life insurance benefits to current retirees. AMR Corp. and American filed the lawsuit on July 6 as part of their bankruptcy case in federal court …