If I may, looking more or less from the outside in but I have great experience in developing organizations and recruiting talent. For a quick background, I just started at ATP in the Flex Path Option and beginning TOL’s while pursuing a dream that I have only but one life to achieve.
The 1500 hour rule seems to be an excellent initial qualifier in piloting capabilities but cannot and will never determine competency. I understand the industry is focused upon logistical principles in that, for a lack of better terms, “if the wheels (turbines) are not turning then there is no money being made”. We must also recognize that this creates a standard that employees are more or less “even” numbers qualified to fit the job based upon time in operation only. To be honest, I believe that flying, customer service, competency, and capability is much more important than that. While I believe we should modify the 1500 rule in lieu of other factors for consideration, I still see its value.
In the end, just because someone has 15 years driving a car does not mean they are a competent driver. I am coming from the perspective of a police officer, organizational supervisor, and Company Commander, transitioning to commercial pilot and beyond.