Congress enacted the so-called “1,500-hour rule” that requires Part 121 airline pilots to hold an ATP in response to the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, New York, in 2009. Ironically, both pilots involved in that landmark accident had well over 1,500 hours. Accident data shows that no recent airline crashes have involved pilots with fewer than 1,500 hours. As a result, some are asking whether it’s time to modify the requirements to make it easier for budding pilots to reach the right seat. The pushback by pilot groups, led by the Air Line Pilots Association, has been immediate and vociferous, however, so it looks like the current standards are here to stay.