The Kickin' Chicken!
I actually briefed "if things get busy and I'm hand flying" back when anyone cared about my brief. I'm back to copying the captain, but a couple years I'll get to go back to my old ways.As this comes up more frequently:
A few have mentioned that they like to hand fly - what is your threshold for when and when you will not hand fly (as in its busy and we need eyes out, don't want to overload the PM, or an ILS to mins)? Is it dictated by your SOP/FOM? Do you brief it or just do it?
I come from a school of 'do whatever you want, just don't screw it up' which I guess is fair but in terms of CRM does that make the it's your leg but I'm flying captains hover more?
Personally if the other guy is busy I grab knobs and twist and all sorts of bad things while still hand flying. Personally pointing up got old a long time ago, perfect day and no bs I'd kick off the old auto at 12k and hand fly it in telling the other guy I'll twist this and that, you just get that one. Cleared for the visual I'd kill a flight director fairly often.
Partly I think I just like finding the hard way to do something, but I'm so sick of watching guys fly up and kick auto off at 500ft to touch on the down. I know they're all desperate to level off at 5 or 7 thousand so they can show me what 2.5 degree nose up and 60N1 with auto throttles on looks like but idc. There's a lot of good pilotage on the downhill, plus who knows... You might level off at 10k and 300knts for a change. Whoo whee Rick! Whoo whee.