The video Why the World is Running Out of Pilots discusses a pilot shortage, and notes the tortuous path to an airline transport pilot license (specifically). It claims there are 1500 flight hours needed.
I also know general aviation is in steep decline over the last 50 years, whilst the cost of GA aircraft have gone up dramatically. I wonder if there is a connection between these two things.
If you own a small plane and fly yourself around in the "Mighty Luscombe" for fun or Youtubing, do those flight hours count toward the aforementioned 1500 hours?
Is there a floor to the minimum quality of airplane which "counts" - do you need a Cessna class, or will a light sport aircraft, experimental, parasail, or a towed glider suffice?
Does these 1500 hours differ in any way from the ~230 hours needed for a "commericial license", or can you do it all in the same Cessna?
In a general sense, would it help the pilot shortage if the government would act to promote general aviation as a hobby, growing it back to where it was?