I was surprised on the day I selected for the exam because I was told that ATP must sign me off to take it. This involved taking a practice exam, making the time commitment twice as long as I had anticipated. Chris Tyson, a delightful 28-year-old ex-mechanical engineer who had decided that aviation, not Boston Scientific, was for him, was gentle about this added detail, but I was still surprised. I had already decided to cede the FAA several questions. No matter how much I tried, the questions about heading changes and remote magnetic compasses were too much for me. They made my head hurt and I never got them right. There were other involved computations that I just didn't have the patience for. When the question was not relevant in today's world, I had a hard time going through the motions. If I want to see how long it is to the station, the destination, the next waypoint or anywhere else, I look at one of the GPS navigators decorating our panel.