Is there a big difference between what an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and an Air Turbine Starter (ATS) system actually does?
My understanding is that an APU provides power for the electrical systems of the aircraft and pneumatic pressure for air-conditioning and starting the main jet engines. An ATS provides starting power (compressed air) to a gas turbine engine.
- Is the only difference that the APU also generates electricity for on-board electrical systems?
- Would you ever have an APU and an ATS on the same aircraft? What are the use-cases for each product if they are mutually exclusive?