Captain of the Boeing 737 and Boeing 777, and Base Manager for Brisbane at Virgin Australia, Andrew Bauer is one of the best mentor figures I have had so far. He's a people person through and through and leads with compassion and empathy. Everyone knows him and everyone respects him because he is good at what he does and he is genuine about it. I can only hope that I will, one day, become half the pilot he is today. He is the best introduction to this new segment of my blog: Awesome Humans.
In an industry that actually does seem to be about who you know, the best time to test the waters and get started on building your network is while you're still studying or training. Here are some ideas tailored to student pilots, engineers or management students, looking to find a way to start working on their own network in the aviation industry.