, endorsed the recommendation."
Chuckle, quidado! Spent a l-o-n-g time training airline pilots, seen it BOTH ways! One I particularly remember had an "equvilent" high school graduation certificate, one of the absolute best pilots that I've ever encountered. Another one had a veritable plethora of degrees aft of his name and we ended up firing him! OTOH, one other impressed us enough to later take him into the flight training dept. as a instructor. So - it works both ways - you can only accrue EXPERIENCE in one way (and it's not from a book).
Total time, and or degrees does not necessarily mean a quality candidate.
When asked how to improve online pilots, sim testing of visual approaches and true crosswind landing and takeoff techniques would tell me about 99% of what I need to know about flying skill.
Rod machado says, a Monkey can fly an ILS Approach.