Japan’s leading aerial survey aircraft operator
Kyoritsu Air Survey was founded in 1972 when the flight operation divisions of four major aerial survey companies were spun off from their parent companies and combined into a single company specializing in aerial photography. Over the 50 years since our founding, and guided by our motto of “safety first,” we at Kyoritsu Air Survey have been dedicated to building a business that strengthens the foundation of our society.
Our Company Motto
Since our founding in 1972, Kyoritsu Air Survey has kept watch over the ground from our workplace in the sky. Over that time, the aircraft and cameras we use have become more sophisticated and complex. But even as the world around us changes at a dizzying pace, the one thing that remains constant is our dedication to safety. We will continue as we always have to take to the eternal sky guided by our motto of “safety first.”
Conveying the pulse of the ground from the sky above now and forever!
Founded in 1972, Kyoritsu Air Survey will soon celebrate its 50th year. Over that time, we have observed all kinds of changes on earth through our aerial surveys of its surface. And these changes have occurred not just in topography, they have occurred everywhere: to buildings and other manmade things, to the environment—including changes to the forests that absorb CO2—and to the surface of our planet after natural disasters. We have been and will continue to be professionals at observing the ground from the sky.
|Company name||Kyoritsu Air Survey Co., Ltd.|
|Date of |
|February 23, 1972|
|Paid-in capital||JPY 66.2 million|
|President and |
|Directors||Total 7 people including Yuji Hosoi, Toshiaki Kubota, and Katsuhiro Suzuki|
|No. of |
|90 (As of September 1, 2021)|
|Vertical and oblique aerial photographs, survey and research flights, aircraft operation and maintenance services|
|Licenses (Date of acquisition)|| |
|No. of national |
|34 pilots, 26 mechanics, and 20 camera operators (7 surveyors, 13 assistant surveyors) |
(As of September 1, 2021）
|Shareholders|| Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. |
Hasshu Co., Ltd.
Higashi-Nihon Sogo Keikaku, Co., Ltd.
Resona Bank, Limited
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Airport Facilities Co., Ltd.
|Main financing |
| Mizuho Bank, Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch |
MUFG Bank, Chofu Branch
Resona Bank, Toranomon Branch
| 1972 ||Feb.|| |
Kyoritsu Air Survey is established with a capital of 50 million yen.
(Kyoritsu is initially co-established by Japan's four major air survey companies: Kokusai Kogyo, PASCO, Hasshu, and Tohoku Sokuryo. When Tohoku Sokuryo withdraws, the flight operation divisions of the remaining three are spun off from their parent companies and combined into a single company specializing in aerial photography.)
|Apr.||The company starts operation. Kanto Operation Center opens at Chofu Airport, and Kansai Operation Center opens at Yao Airport.|
|1974||Jul.||Tohoku Operation Center opens at Sendai Airport.|
|1978||Apr.||Kyusyu Operation Center opens at Kumamoto Airport.|
|1979||Jun.||Sapporo Operation Center opens at Sapporo Okadama Airport.|
|1986||Apr.||Kyoritsu incorporates the flight division of Higashi-Nihon Koku (now, Higashi-Nihon Sogo Keikaku, Co., Ltd.), which is spun off from the parent company.|
|May.||The company’s capital increased to 66.2 million yen.|
|1993||Apr.||Nagoya Operation Center opens at Nagoya Airport.|
|1998||Feb.||Matsuyama Operation Center opens at Matsuyama Airport.|
|2001||Oct.||New hanger and head office building open at Chofu Airport.|
|Nov.||Corporate headquarters and Kanto Operation Center moved to the head office building at Chofu Airport.|
|2002||May.||Fukuoka Operation center opens.|
|2003||Oct.||Hiroshima Office opens at Hiroshima-Nishi Airport. |
Kitakyushu Office opens at Kitakyushu Airport.
|Nov.||Kyoritsu acquires 100% ownership of Phototechno Co., Ltd. to make it a wholly owned subsidiary.|
|2004||Oct.||Tohoku Operation Center renamed to Sendai Office; Kyusyu Operation Center renamed to Kumamoto Office.|
|Dec.||Matsuyama Operation Center closed and merged into Hiroshima Office.|
|2006||May.||Nagoya Office opens a new hanger and office building at Nagoya Airport.|
|2007||Dec.||Kitakyushu Office opens a new hanger and office building at Kitakyushu Airport.|
|2008||Mar.||Kumamoto office closed and merged into Kitakyushu Office.|
|2010||Apr.||Kanto Office renamed to Overall Control Division. |
Fukuoka Office closed and merged into Kitakyushu Office.
|Jun.||Kyoritsu becomes the first private company to be contracted to operate Kunikaze III, a survey aircraft belonging to the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI).|
|2011||Mar.||Our Sendai Facility was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. |
Two Cessna 208 "Caravan" aircraft were swept up by the Tsunami.
|2012||Feb.||Kyoritsu adopts its first digital camera, UltraCam D.|
|Apr.||Sendai Office moved inside the Small Aircraft Hangar No.1 of Airport Facilities Co., Ltd.|
|Nov.||Hiroshima Office closed as Hiroshima-Nishi Airport becomes a heliport.|
|2013||Jun.||Kyoritsu becomes the second company in Japan to receive the IS-BAO certification from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).|
|2015 ||Dec.||Kansai Office opens a new hanger and office building at Yao Airport.|
|2019||Apr.||Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) contracts Kyoritsu Aerial Survey to perform aerial gravimetry surveys.|
Our company-wide commitment to raising safety awareness not only ensures the safety of our employees, it is also how we earn the trust of the local community and our clients.
Guided by our motto of “safety first,” Kyoritsu Air Survey engages in all kinds of safety promotion activities, including activities that maintain and deepen employee safety awareness and setting annual safety goals and priorities.
- 2021 company-wide safety goals
- Maintain a perfect zero score for flight accidents
- 2021 priority goals
- Prevent the recurrence of the
same type of hazards and risks
in accordance with the HITS*
- Double-check fundamental and
- Awareness and
- Prevent the recurrence of the
* In accordance with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations established by the International Business Aviation Council, Kyoritsu Air Survey continuously operates a Hazard Identification and Tracking System (HITS) in order to collect data on hazards and risks that occur during daily operation and to practice scientifically based risk management.
Safety awareness enhancement activities
Led by our workplace safety promotion personnel, a workplace safety meeting is conducted once a month at each business division and branch office to ensure that we meet our safety and priority goals and to review HITS data. Additionally, as part of our safety awareness activities, every six months all members of management and the safety promotion office manager take part in a safety promotion activities progress report meeting whose agenda includes presenting a safety action plan covering the latest period and the next period.
Emergency response training
With an emphasis on flight accidents, the entire company takes part in emergency response training that simulate the conditions of a real accident. The training confirms whether we can respond properly and rapidly to a flight emergency and provides an opportunity to uncover problems and devise ways to eliminate them.
Labor Safety and Health
n line with the Industrial Safety and Health Act, Kyoritsu Air Survey has established a health committee to smoothly coordinate the company’s health management efforts.
Company health committee
The health committee discusses issues related to employee health and distributes a summary of the proceedings to employees.
Coronavirus pandemic countermeasures
To ensure the safety and health of our employees, Kyoritsu Air Survey issues restricted notifications and provides information about new work procedures to all managers and employees.
The measures that companies need to put in place to protect their information changes every day in step with the increasing importance of information technology in daily life. With this in mind, Kyoritsu Air Survey has established an information management department responsible for establishing information management rules and for protecting, handling, and managing internal and external company information, personal information, and information handled by digital devices.
Newly implemented information security measures and timely notifying employees about suspicious information help safeguard our company against malicious cybercrimes and leaked information.
Periodic information security assessments
We conduct periodic inspections based on our information management rules. Inspections verify the operation and inventory of software and digital equipment and make sure that our network is secure and safe.