- Obtain a four-year degree.
- Complete flight training.
- Start an entry-level job, build 1,000 to 1,500 hours of flight time.
- Get hired at an operator that flies multicrew turbine aircraft (the heavier the better; jets are preferred but not necessary).
- Upgrade to captain and build 500 to 1,500 hours of turbine pilot-in-command time.
- Get hired by a major airline.