I would like to hear the opinion of the CFII's about the use of the Flight Director only and not the auto pilot for students that are working on their instrument rating? I am half way through my course, our planes all have the G 1000 with FD. I have found using the FD only to be great for muscle memory and for all instument flying including all approaches. I now use it about 90% of the time. What about its use during the check ride? Since starting its use, my instrument flying has progressed quite well. I am able to keep the needles centered and right on glide slope.