There’s no better way to show your company’s commitment to safety than by joining TOPS.  Prove to the flying public that you take safety seriously by going above and beyond FAA requirements.  Do you have what it takes to be a TOPS member?



Company management will establish and enforce standards to ensure safety is the primary consideration for air tour operations.
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TOPS members will verify all pilot qualifications and experience using an FAA report of the pilot’s certificate of record.
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Maintenance must be conducted to the higher standards of federal regulations.
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The TOPS Experience

Incorporated in 1996, Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) was formed from the vision of four tour operators looking to hold the helicopter sightseeing industry to a higher, self-imposed safety standard, above and beyond that required by the FAA.  Today, as members of TOPS, the country’s most respected helicopter tour operators in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, and New York have collaborated to design a safety program superior to any other in the industry.

The TOPS Experience

Passengers who travel with TOPS members can fly confidently knowing that the pilot and aircraft they are traveling with are held to the highest safety standards in the industry.

The TOPS Experience

Tour operators who become TOPS members have greater insurance market access, availability of unique business opportunities and cross-company “best practice” support in strengthening their growing safety programs.

TOPS Regular Member Operators

TOPS Transitional Member Operators

TOPS Associate Members