Friend of mine busted his IFR checkride last week.
VOR alpha into Madison, did the procedure turn and turned inbound right on cue.
Crossed the VOR, did the T’s and started his descent as soon as he got the from flag.
The gotchya? He started the descent before he left the zone of confusion (the needel was full deflect) when he should start the descent once the needle starts moving into the 137 radial.
Examiner said he is not established until he starts capturing the radial therefore the bust.
While this may be a “nit pick” I’d have to agree with the examiner as one is not established with a full deflect but I was never told this myself from any instructor that descent must commence once the needles start coming in.
As long as I was on course before station passage, I always started my descent on the flag flipping to to from since I didn’t have any course change after station passage.
That will now change my way of executing the approach as we know, it’s always a continous learning lesson by listening.