August Heinrich Euler
(1868 - 1957)

August Heinrich Euler
August Heinrich Euler (Scherl/SZ Photo/laif)
 

August Heinrich Euler (1868‒1957) was a permanent secretary in the German Department of Aviation and an aviation pioneer. He was the first German pilot to be awarded the “Germany No. 1” pilot’s licence. Euler established the first German factory for engine-powered aircraft near Darmstadt. He also opened an airfield in Frankfurt. This served as the starting point for the first official postal flight to Darmstadt, piloted by Euler. After the Second World War, Euler became Director of the newly established German Department of Aviation. As its permanent secretary, he drafted the first air traffic regulations and introduced airline licensing.