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RNAV approach minimum without autopilot

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When flying an RNAV approach with all autopilots inop but with vertical deviation indication and maybe even a flight director available, can I still hand fly the approach down to the LNAV VNAV minima or do I have to revert to the LNAV only minimum? 

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  1. Mark Kolber on Mar 30, 2014

    Of course you can hand-fly an instrument approach unless there is something on the approach chart, in your aircraft or RNAV equipment limitations or in an operational OpSpec that requires a coupled approach.

    What made you think otherwise? I’m really confused by this one.

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  2. Bradley on Mar 30, 2014

    I assume he is confused my the note that is found on some charts *use of Autopulilot, FD, or HGD required.

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  3. Bradley on Mar 30, 2014

    Sorry, HGS:)

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