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Securing a better future for the earth
from the sky

Kyoritsu Air Survey uses aircraft to document the form of and changes to the earth in ways that
are not possible when on the ground. We quickly provide that information so that it can be put to
use toward making the social foundation that supports our way of life more safe and secure.

Aerial Survey

Aerial Survey work

Aerial survey photographs strengthen the social foundation that makes safe and secure daily life possible

Mention shooting pictures from aircraft and most people think of shooting for news broadcasts and movies, but what we do is different: we do aerial survey photography. Our aerial photographs are used in all kinds of formats, from paper maps to digital maps, and they support vital social infrastructure that make it possible for us to live safely and securely, including the environmental preservation and development and the infrastructure development of land in Japan, and natural disaster response and prevention.

Aerial Survey
Aerial Survey

We rapidly and safely provide aerial data when a natural disaster occurs

Immediately dispatching aircraft to the scene of a natural disaster to collect information right after a disaster has occurred is one of our most important tasks. In addition, periodically taking photographs and measurements after a natural disaster and comparing the information with past data is helpful to urban planning for disaster prevention and mitigation.

Kyoritsu Air Survey has aircraft hangers at five airports across Japan. When a natural disaster occurs, we quickly and safely fly aerial photography aircraft from these airports to the scene of the disaster. After collecting photographs, the aircraft return to the airport and the collected data is quickly organized into a form for distribution.

Aerial Survey

Shooting Aerial Photography

Up to several years ago, the aerial photography industry used analog cameras and film, but today photographs are taken entirely with digital cameras. Photographs are taken by a professional photographer, who uses a computer to operate a survey camera attached to a camera hole opened on the bottom of a small aircraft.

A survey camera is equipped with a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna and an inertial measurement unit (IMU). The GNSS antenna uses satellite radio waves to position the aircraft while the IMU records detailed aircraft movement and position, and while monitoring all of this information, the pilot positions the aircraft.

Shooting Aerial Photography

Since the aerial photographs of specific locations obtained with this method overlap with one another, the overlapping sections give the photographs a three-dimensional appearance. Called an orthoscopic image, the image based on this series of photographs is used to produce images of the ground as seen from directly above, which form the basis for maps.

Survey and Research Flights

GSI survey aircraft, Kunikaze III
GSI survey aircraft, Kunikaze III

Aircraft operation and maintenance servicesThe first private company to operate and maintain GSI survey aircraft

In 2010, Kyoritsu Air Survey became the first private company to be contracted to operate and maintain Kunikaze III, a survey aircraft belonging to the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Kyoritsu continues to perform this work for the GSI. Additionally, starting in 2019 the GSI retained the services of Kyoritsu for operating aircraft involved in its newly launched Aerial Gravimetry Project.

TAGS-7 gravity meter
TAGS-7 gravity meter
Cessna 208B Kunikaze III,equipped with the TAGS-7 gravity meter
Cessna 208B Kunikaze III,
equipped with the TAGS-7 gravity meter
Supporting new technology experiments, surveys, and research from the air

Survey and research flightsSupporting new technology experiments, surveys, and research from the air

Kyoritsu Air Survey operates a Cessna 208, an exceptionally versatile aircraft that combines high-performance, low-cost, and low-noise. Our Cessna 208 support our clients in their efforts to develop all kinds of new technology from the sky. Instruments under development by our clients are loaded onto a Cessna 208 so that the technology used by these instruments can be tested, surveyed, and researched in the sky. We have experience handling all kinds of research instruments; that means we know how to bring out the maximum potential of each and every instrument.

UAV Survey
Photography

After the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, survey companies rapidly adopted the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones. In 2015, Kyoritsu Air Survey as well acquired a medium-sized drone and assembled a special projects team to operate it. Applying our aircraft operation expertise, we established drone operation rules that are as strict as our rules for operating piloted aircraft. Backed by our decades of survey and camera experience, Kyoritsu Air Survey also makes safety a top priority in the field of UAV photography.

UAV Survey Photography
UAV Survey Photography

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance

Safe and high-quality aircraft maintenance

Our technicians perform safe, high-quality aircraft maintenance at five fully equipped aircraft hangers located around Japan. Maintenance includes a wide range of tasks, such as daily inspections before and after flights and annual aircraft inspections conducted from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

In addition, for the company’s Cessna 208 and 206 fleet, Kyoritsu Air Survey is a Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport–certified aircraft maintenance facility and a Ministry of Economy and Industry–licensed aircraft repair business. These certifications enable us to efficiently perform maintenance and repairs inside our own facilities.

Aircraft Maintenance
Aircraft Maintenance
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, equipped with UltraCam Eagle
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, equipped with UltraCam Eagle

A fleet equipped to meet every kind of research and survey need

Installing and operating aerial survey cameras and equipment in an aircraft requires a government inspection called a repair and alteration inspection. Since Kyoritsu Air Survey was founded, the company has handled all kinds of equipment, and based on this experience we install new equipment and update to higher performance equipment to make sure that our aircraft can meet every kind of research and survey need.

Cessna 208 Caravan’s spacious cabin
Cessna 208 Caravan’s spacious cabin
UltraCam Eagle aerial survey digital camera
UltraCam Eagle aerial survey digital camera

Overseas Business

Kyoritsu Air Survey employees are also at work overseas. Over the last few years, our work overseas has focused on using the aircraft of the host country to perform aerial photography and measurements, with an emphasis on onsite technician training conducted by Kyoritsu Air Survey photographers and the participation in Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects.

Photo shooting in Montenegro
Photo shooting in Montenegro
Aircraft maintenance performed in Indonesia
Aircraft maintenance performed in Indonesia
Aerial survey over the Philippines
Aerial survey over the Philippines

Businesses conducted overseas

May 1972 – Aug. 1976 Indonesia
Sept.–Nov. 1976 Papua New Guinea
Sept. 1976 – Mar. 1980 Nigeria
Feb.–July 1977 Saudi Arabia
July–Aug. 1977 Fiji
Feb.–Mar. 1978 Senegal
Mar.–June 1978 Republic of Guinea
Oct. 1978 – Mar. 1979 Republic of Guinea
Sept.–Nov. 1979 Liberia
Oct. 1979 – Nov. 1983 Malaysia
Dec. 1986 Nepal
Jan. 1988 Nepal
Jan. 1993 Morocco
June–July 1993 Mongol
Jan.–Feb. 2003 Malaysia
Dec. 2004 Thailand
Apr.–June 2007 Montenegro
Apr.–Aug. 2011 Indonesia
Apr.–June 2018 The Philippines

Note: For projects in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Liberia, we have transported our own aircraft to the host country.