I've made this change. While there does seem to be some disagreement here, looking at the numbers makes it seem like this change will be beneficial for Aviation.
In general, when I review these requests, I start by looking at what percentage of questions nominated for closure get fully reviewed. While, historically, y'all have done relatively well (over 85%), since March this has dropped to the 70-75% range. Preferably it's as close to 100% as possible. This can be seen in the graph below:
As such, a smaller percentage of posts are getting handled, which means there's likely not enough reviewers.
The second thing I look at is what percentage of closures are handled by moderators. In general, y'all have largely handled these closures as a community with the mods just occasionally picking up a few of them here and there. Since May, the mods have started doing quite a bit more closures themselves. On its own this isn't necessarily a concern, as it's possibly a short-term blip but it's the first time in the last two years that this has been the case.
I did look at which votes the moderators were casting as well. This graph is somewhat messy because the numbers are generally low. so it looks more volatile than it likely is. Even still, despite there being an overall decline in questions closed, since May 2022 you can see an upturn in both the quantity and the number of first votes to close cast.
I'd be interested to hear from the mods what they think might have caused this change since April. It's possible that some of the more active reviewers stopped participating or that this discussion caused some changes in the behaviors of the community or moderators here, though the changes all seem to predate the discussion.
One thing that I will say is that reviewing is a really important part of this site's health. Even if you feel like too many questions get closed - which is a great discussion for meta - you can take part in that by reviewing. One of the review options is "leave open", so you can indicate that the question should not be closed. This gives us much more useful data than ignoring the fact that the question is in review at all and letting the review task go uncompleted.
Hopefully this change works out for you all. Do know that this isn't permanent. If you see concerning outcomes, feel free to discuss and bring them to our attention so that we can do a re-investigation. If you have any questions, please let me know!