Q: Is a Magneto an electrical generator that uses permanent magnets to produce periodic pulses of alternating current? ¶
Q: Were Magnetos limited to narrow fields? ¶
A: Yes, and such as powering arc lamps or lighthouses, where their particular features of output stability or simple reliability were most valued.
Q: Are Magnetos used in piston aircraft engines for their reliability and simplicity? ¶
A: Yes, and often in pairs.
Q: Are Magnetos not used in highway motor vehicles which have a cranking battery and which may require more control over ignition timing than is possible with a magneto system although sophisticated solid state controllers are becoming more prevalent? ¶
Q: Were Magnetos also adapted to produce pulses of high voltage in the ignition systems of some gasoline-powered internal combustion engines to provide power to the spark plugs? ¶
Q: Were Magnetos used for specialized isolated power systems such as arc lamp systems or lighthouses? ¶
A: Yes, and for which their simplicity was an advantage.