Originally posted by Ron P
Think diesel or turbine for reliability.
Ron has a very good point.Followed by outer42 screaming:
As strange as it may sound, a turbine is the most reliable.
A diesel is very reliable, but it will lose some of its reliability in the future. Up to quite recently, engineers didn't completely understand what really goes on in a diesel, so it was overengineered, just in case. The lack of a sophisticated ignition system also added to its reliability.
Diesel technology is now well understood (with the help of some supercomputers ..) Diesels can be built lighter now. Sophistricated fuel injection systems are added, sometimes with the fuel pump right in the injector. Turbos are added routinely. A diesel can now be as light and as peppy as a gasoline engine, but also as complex.
Don't pooh-pooh diesels. Fabio Buzzi loves them.