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Bringing you the best experience in aviation photography…

The ultimate in aviation photography…

Air-to-air is the pinnacle of the aviation photography but it requires hours of preparation, briefings and safety procedures. COAP has hundreds of air-to-air flight hours, with the team being amongst the most experienced in-flight photographers in the business and you can join specific photo sorties with everything from fast jets, classic jets and warbirds!

Here you will find our operations that offer air-to-air photography, whether it’s a standalone shoot with a warbird or classic jet, the tailored support of an airshow or a Workshop on how to get the results.

These shoots will see you board a certified aircraft/operator and work in small groups inside a cameraship such as a Shorts Skyvan, Cessna Caravan or Beech Bonanza in fully briefed, safely and professionally executed sorties specifically for aerial photography.

We travel all over the world undertaking these operations, and they are offered either as dedicated COAP events or in tandem with one of our network of operators and professional shooters.

If you want to know what the experience is like, read our blog posts by clicking the button below.
Enjoy the ride!

We are proud to operate with the best in the business…

Air-to-Air overview…

•  Go air-to-air with incredible machines.
•  Experience the ultimate in aviation photography.
•  Safe, fully licensed operators.
•  Professional tuition.
•  Incredible results.
•  Any level welcome.

  • It was brilliant and exhilarating

    Mark, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • I look forward to the next ops – I’ve got the air-to-air bug for sure!

    Ian, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • It was an incredible rush.

    Erik, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • The rush of looking out from the open ramp at the aircraft that get really close is amazing. This really is something you have to have experienced as an aviation photographer. The opportunity that COAP and Aviation Photocrew gave was amazing.

    Erik, Air-to-Air Shooter.

  • This was such an exhilarating experience, something that I’ll never forget. This is something that has been on my bucket list for a long time, but now I’d like to repeat this on a regular basis, it’s so addictive!

    Darren, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • I knew it would be good but had no idea it would be that good! So much variety and so much time face to face with such fantastic machines, as well as some really good company for three days.

    Chris, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • Air-to-Air #56

    Have you ever wanted to try air-to-air? This is your chance!

    Want to experience the ultimate in photography? Or if you're in the game already, want to learn more and push yourself under the guidance of the best in the business? For many photographers, going air-to-air really is the ultimate... This brilliant flying, with KLu F-16 Instructor Pilots of Air Combat Europe will see you plan, brief, execute & deliver a complete sortie, all under the guidance of world-class aerial shooters Frank Crebas and Rich Cooper…

    Have you got what it takes to become a COAP ACE?

    LOCATION: Air Combat Europe, Emoeweg 1, 8218 PC, 
Lelystad, The Netherlands (www.air-combat.eu)
    SUBJECT: Pro air-to-air photography Workshop, with air-to-air flights 
    DATE: Sunday 7th April 2019 
    CAPACITY: 12x photographers 
    COSTS: €550 3-ship photo flight (60min start to finish)
    Pro air-to-air photo flights with COAP & ACE as stated
    • Three-ship 60min back-seat photo ride with Air Combat Europe.
    • Instruction and briefing from professional photographers.
    • Instruction and briefing from ACE pilots.
    • Debriefing & Presentation


    Optional Extras
• Overnight accommodation options
    • Adobe Lightroom Workshop available on Saturday 6th April
    • Meals and drinks (own expense).


    08.30hrs: Registration, meet in ACE crew room
    08.45hrs: Welcome & Overview by ACE & COAP
    09.00hrs: Session 1: The world of air-to-air by Frank Crebas
    09.30hrs: Convenience and refreshment break
    09.45hrs: Session 2: Sortie planning & familiarisation
    10.15hrs: Session 3: Briefing preparation
    12.30hrs: Working lunch at airport cafe (own expense)
    12.30hrs: Session 4: Briefings & Air-to-Air Flights
    18.00hrs: Session 5: Image review & editing

    Join us on Sunday 7th April for the photography experience of a lifetime! You will undertake back-seat air-to-air photography, flown by brilliant military pilots under the tuition of pro aviation shooters. 

    Whether you are a seasoned shooter or a first-timer, this is where back-seat air-to-air photography can become a reality! You can undertake the realms of ‘the best of the best’ under the expert guidance of pro Frank Crebas & Rich Cooper and active military F-16 pilots.

    Frank Crebas, a world-class fast jet air-to-air photographer and COAP’s Rich Cooper, both with countless hours of air-to-air work over the last 20 years, will guide you in turning your vision in the reality, before assisting you with the briefing set up and overseeing the process as you plan, brief and execute your sortie in the best environment ever created to undertake this dynamic photography experience. You will not believe the results!

    • Experience back-seat air-to-air photography for the first time
    • Build your portfolio and experience
    • Experiment with new techniques and set-ups.
    • Learn the intricacies of briefing, executing, debriefing & flight safety.
    • Land with incredible photographs and unforgettable lifetime achievements!

    These back-seat photo flights are only open to 12 people so be VERY quick!

    In order to book your place, please e-mail...
    • Please include all your contact details and, if you require hotel accomodation, whether single room or twin share.
    • Places allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will be informed of your place and the joining instructions will follow shortly.
    • Payment for the air-to-airs will be made ahead of the event and will be rescheduled if the weather cancels the event.        
    More details on the flights and Air Combat Europe can be found here…

    Joining & Booking

    1) SIGN UP:
    Click any of the big green buttons to create an account to sign up for free.
    2) WATCH YOUR INBOX: Once this is ready to book we will contact you directly.
    3) BOOK: Login to the site and this page will become live for bookings. All you need to do is click the red button and fill in the booking form (and remember to pack your camera!)

    Questions about the Operations of the Event? E-mail Rich on rich@centreofaviationphotography.com or call direct on +44 (0)7768 816029

    THE SMALL PRINT: All dates are preliminary until confirmed and ready for booking. All events are subject to change (especially the Assignments, as they are conducted with operational squadrons) and are subject to security, operational, technical or weather issues. As such, COAP, Service Providers and the respective militaries are not responsible for cancellation at any stage, bad weather or non-flying activity. Safety and Insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Safety and insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Please note that some Assignments can be very, very physically demanding, in extreme weather, for extended periods of time, with intense , fast-moving activity and any bookings are accepted on that basis. If you have any questions about the physical undertaking, please get in contact.

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