I just sent my first student off to a checkride. I had heard all the stories about the nervousness felt by the instructor, and wasn't 100% sure I believed it. After today, I know it is 150% true. I can honestly say I was probably more nervous than him. He passed with flying colors (pun intended), and actually had the shortest checkride time this examiner had ever seen! Im so proud of him. Way to go Tom! This instructing thing just keeps getting better and better, even after 500 hours of dual given (flight and ground of course)! I love my job!