From: Edina, MN (FROM the Bronx)
If development limitations and commercial considerations are not considered, then in general I would support any moves which push WitP:AE closer to a simulator.
With limitations in mind, carrier qual status as it stands doesn't bother me. Part of that is micromanaging pilots is one of my least favorite things to do in the game. Lack of some interface elements, such as a fully functioning double-column sort, really give me pause about adding any additional micro to pilot management. There would need to be a HUGE benefit offset to justify it.
If one were aiming more for a simulator, the biggest problem is the paradigm used in the first place. Squadrons are 'carrier qualified' in name only, only because they are assumed to be a homogenous group of pilots in the short term. It's the PILOTS who are or are not qualified - nothing else. The game currently doesn't account for individual pilot qualification, other than an abstraction into skills. For example, in the game you could carrier qualify a squadron, swap out ALL the pilots, and the squadron would still be carrier qualified... doesn't quite translate to the real world.
Let's sidestep to modern IRL training for a minute - any newcomers to a squadron are also expected to train to the standards of the squadron. I'm not familiar with the particulars of modern Navy squadron onboarding. The Air Force requires that a syllabus for every new pilot (FNG - F'ing New Guy) to a squadron be developed by a squadron instructor pilot (usually the Weapons Officer who for a fighter squadron is ideally also a graduate of the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis.... basically 'Top Gun' on steroids). Even a high-ranking officer with 1,000s of hours in the particular aircraft and mission types of the squadron will still have a basic syllabus to complete, even if it's nothing other than LAO (Local Area Orientation). Before the pilot even arrives, he/she will have typically already completed their IQs (initial qualifications) and checkouts - the training syllabus is ON TOP of all that, but certainly any deficiencies will be taken care of in the process. Not until ALL the training is complete is a pilot considered MR (Mission Ready). Continuous training at intervals is required to maintain MR status.
Training during WWII was nothing like that. MR status often meant you were sent on your 1st mission and came back alive. A lot of training shortcuts which would never be tolerated in peacetime conditions were used to expedite the flow of fighting men to the front lines. Even college programs and military academy training was severely quickened in the name of commissioning more officers. Thus, "on the job training" was pretty much standard practice at the time.
That said, of course carrier qual training was something actively pursued. The only time squadrons realistically had to do this was sometime around/between the commissioning and shakedown cruise portions of a new carrier's service. Beyond the shakedown, carriers like all other vessels were expected to forward deploy and contribute to the war effort, ready or not.
I'm not 100% sure regarding the FAA, but I know the US Navy gave itself the small luxury of completing the initial qualification training prior and during the shakedown. This was typically done on the East Coast where the bulk of the carriers were built. So when a carrier arrives at the canal, all of this would have been done already since the East Coast is abstracted in the game. Not true for the Japanese, where all of their shipyards are represented in the game - so it would be one more thing that the Japanese would need to manage where the Allies do not.
In short, I'm willing to give up a little realism for the sake of less of a particularly tedious form of micromanagement, as well as a bit of game balancing.
The Navy tried for better things. There was at least one paddle wheel carrier in the Great Lakes for qualification training - might have been more.
I want to know what the USN does now. For the longest time (until 1991) the 2nd LEXINGTON was kept in commission just to train naval aviators in carrier landings and take offs. Not sure if they have a dedicated CVT now.