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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.

  • Assignment #21

    A special access visit to the Finnish show at F-18 Hornet base of Kuopio.

    LOCATION: Kuopio, Finland
    SUBJECT: Special access at the Finnish AF airshow
    DATE: 15-19 June 2016
    PRICE: From £1050 
    CAPACITY: 8x photographers
    INCLUDES: Flights, hotels, hire of commercial transport and driver, all logistics, booking and admin.

    Finnish AF Airshow: Assignment overview
    The primary airshow in Finland rotates air bases each year, with 2016’s edition taking place at the F-18C/D Hornet base of Kuopio. This visit will include special access and more. Potential extras of going air-to-air with selected show participants and flying with aerobatic teams.

    This very special 2016 edition of the Finnish AF Airshow has been selected as the first airshow to feature on COAP’s prestigious calendar, with a wealth of rare machines, potentially great weather, good access, special relationship with the organisers, great programme, the host station being the primary Finnish AF fighter base and the potential ‘extra’ of going air-to-air with airshow participants.

    This event is shaping up to be a fantastic event on the show circuit, especially with media access during the arrivals and show days for the best photographic opportunities.

    We are also in negotiations with the professional show organisers to arrange some aerial photography flights. These are ongoing and will be a separate price to the basic package advised within, dependent on a number of factors. More details will be made available in the coming weeks. A very special photographic treat, off the beaten track.


    DAY 1: Wednesday 15th June
    Between 08:30 and 09:00 please check-in with Finnair who operate out of Terminal 3 at London’s Heathrow Airport. Your baggage will be through-checked to Kuopio and you will be given boarding cards for both flights. Then meet Rich Cooper of COAP, and fellow photographers, who will be gathering in the immediate area. Latest check-in time we recommend is 90-minutes prior to departure, i.e. 08:50.

    Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3
    Flight AY832 departs 10:20
    Arrives Helsinki Airport at 15:35

    Remaining airside, after Immigration Control we go directly to the gate of our onward flight to Kuopio: boarding should commence around 15:50.

    Helsinki, Flight AY509 departs 16:30
    Arrives Kuopio at 17:20

    From the airport we transfer by pre-paid taxis to the Spa Hotel Kunnonpaikka which is located in the small town of the same name, and only 4½ miles from the civil and military airfield. We stay 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. On-site facilities include a restaurant, pub sports bar and sauna. Hotel website.

    DAY 2, 3 & 4: Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June
    Flexibility is key here, given the chance of aerial photography during this Assignment. As such, we have an extra day built into the visit before the arrivals day on Friday 17th (where we have special access) and the show day itself, on 18th June.

    More details of the participants will be provided in the coming weeks, but expect some great photographic opportunities on the ground at one of Europe’s premier shows this year, a strong historic showing, Finnish airpower, international participation and industry exhibits.

    **PLEASE NOTE** We will send details out on any potential air-to-airs the moment they are known via e-mail to those attending. There are no details confirmed at this time on the subject or the costings.

    DAY 5: Sunday 19th June
    Departing the hotel late morning we transfer to the airport by pre-paid taxis and check in with Finnair (FlyBe codeshare) for the flight to Helsinki; from which we continue with Finnair to London. Your baggage will be through-checked to Heathrow and you will be given boarding cards for both flights. Latest recommended check in time is 1 hour prior to departure: 13:25.

    Kuopio, Flight AY508, departs 14:25
    Arrives Helsinki at 15:25

    Remaining airside, we go directly to the gate of our onward flight to London: boarding should commence around 15:50.

    Helsinki, Flight AY833, departs 16:00
    Arrives Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3, at 17:10

    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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