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The use of the prop brake enables the engine to be run in "Hotel Mode" for compressor bleed (used for air conditioning) and electrical loads without having the expense and weight of an APU (auxiliary power unit). Obviously the other benefit is eliminating risk of the rotating prop to ground crew while the aircraft waits to depart the gate. Downside is extra weight & additional failure modes for the engine, additional time & cycles on the main engine, plus it's not as efficient as a dedicated APU. I'm not sure what other turboprop A/C besides ATR's (with P&W 120-series engines) have them.