Fly by hand, to manually maneuver, reach a certain altitude after takeoff and finally to land, is a work of art, some would say.
@Maxmustang, I know, prefer to fly GA. It is the basics of flying, it is where the pilot is in full command and every input you make, counts, where no computer interfere with more rights than your flying skills and expertise. To hone knowledge and professionalism of flying.
I have hand flown a vast numbers of GA aircraft. To count them all, it would take almost forever. My early days of IF back in 2014 consisted of trying to master, how to fly. With the years passed, the knowledge from hand flying GA aircraft has been put to the test. Nowadays I fly major long hauls from and to the most busy airports in the world. Manually takeoff and hand fly up to a certain altitude, could be anything between 10000-15000ft, it isn’t the easiest work to keep the airplane steady for a untrained pilot. As the flight progress, the AP kicks in and takes over the job, but upon landing the big jet, when turning base and established on the glide slope, I hand fly the plane down the last 15nm-10nm down, that way I know I have full control of the aircraft if I were need to go around or adjust my descent, either approach speed or V/S.