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Air-to-Air

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 #4

    A specific high-end media event to engage with the recently arrived DADS A-4 Skyhawks and the ‘Richtofen’ Flying Group EF2000 QRA Detachment at Wittmund. This opportunity will include a fantastic mix of quality operational photography and interviews for publication in international magazines and web-based media.

    ASSIGNMENT SUMMARY
    LOCATION: Wittmund, Lower Saxony, Northern Germany
    SUBJECT: Luftwaffe EF2000s & DADS A-4 Skyhawks
    DATE: 24-27 August 2015
    PRICE: From £1150
    CAPACITY: Maximum of 15x photographers
    INCLUDES: Flights, transfers, hotel (one night fully inclusive, inc all drinks, two nights B&B), hire of commercial transport and driver, Texas BBQ, plus all logistics, booking & admin.

    WITTMUND: Overview
    The Canadian defence contractor DADS has been making waves in the industry with a reputation for a first class operation. One of the things that makes it so successful is the high standard of its aircraft, which includes a fleet of simply stunning A-4 Skyhawks flown in support of the Luftwaffe out of Wittmund. Of course, this base in northern Germany was the home to the mighty F-4F and this will be a very special chance to witness the new operations of EF2000s on QRA alert – an awesome sight of technology and airpower of the modern Luftwaffe. Making this even more special will be a social programme, including a Texas BBQ and Workshop with the last Phantom pilots there to relive the decades of operations.

    The visit will be conducted with all of the primary operational photography points, including runway, taxiway, ramp, EOR/Last Chance and shelter areas. One very important aspect is that this is a specific media visit and, as such, we will be reporting on the event as freelance journalists. As you know, COAP is not just about "a visit to a base"... this is so much more than that and we will be engaged in interviews and briefings accordingly to get the story on the unit and then produce articles in print and electronic form. If you are already affiliated to a publication and/or internet-based news agency then please let COAP know upon booking. If not we will work with you to assign you to an outlet for your work.

    A (voluntary) donation to a special local charity will be made during this visit (more details on on the first night).

    TIMETABLE

    Day 1: Monday 24 August
    Between 08:30hrs. and 09:25hrs. please check-in with British Airways in Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport. Then meet Rich Cooper of COAP and your fellow photographers who will be gathering by Column G, located in the Departures Hall immediately before the self-service check-in podiums (not the line of check-in and fast bag-drop desks). Latest check-in time advised by the airline is 90-minutes prior to departure, i.e. 09:25hrs.

    Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5 Flight: BA 962. Departs: 10:55hrs Arrives Hamburg: 13:30hrs

    After Passport Control we collect our luggage from Baggage Reclaim and proceed through Customs; in the Arrivals Hall we meet our local driver and board our air-conditioned coach for the 2.5hr journey north to our hotel in Wilhelmshaven. We stay three nights at the City Hotel Valois on a bed and breakfast basis. Each person will occupy a single-bedded room.

    Day 2: Tuesday 25 August
    At 08:30hrs. we depart the hotel for the 45 minutes drive (depending on traffic) to the domestic site of GAF Wittmund – known as the Casino – which is located a couple of miles away from the base itself. The programme for the day is:

    10:00hrs: Briefings and Welcome Address from DADS CEO, Base Commander, Chief Pilot and Head of Marketing.
    11:45hrs: Press conference
    12:30hrs: Lunch
    14:00hrs: Visit the Richtofen Wing Museum
    16:30hrs: Depart the 'Casino' and return to hotel
    17:30hrs: Arrive at the City Hotel Valois
    19:00hrs: Evening meal at hotel (own expense)
    20:00hrs: Photo Workshop in the hotel

    Day 3: Wednesday 26 August
    Departing our hotel at 06:30hrs we return to GAF Wittmund ‘Casino’. From here we are taken by military coach to the operational airfield, and undertake photographic time all day until the close of flying at approximately 17:45hrs.

    This will include full operational access to the ramps, taxiways, EOR and runway for photography purposes (the right side of the light), as well as specific photographic opportunities. We then return to the 'Casino', and at 19:00hrs it is planned to hold a very special Texas BBQ with the aircrews (included). To be confirmed: a one-hour night-shoot commencing at 21:30. At 21:30hrs – or around 22:30hrs if there is a night-shoot - our coach returns to our hotel, arriving approximately 45 minutes later.

    Day 4: Thursday 27 August
    Departing the hotel at 08.00hrs, at 09:00hrs we join our hosts for a farewell breakfast in the 'Casino'. At 10:30hrs we board our coach and return to Hamburg Airport. Latest check-in time for our British Airways flight is 15:20hrs:

    Flight: BA 975 Departs Hamburg: 16:50hrs Arrives Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5: 17:30hrs

    BOOKING
    Booking a place on any of our Operations requires you to join COAP first (free) and login into the site thereafter. Once you have done this, you will have access to Register your name for an event (and therefore be contacted directly when more details arise) or to actually Book your place if the event is ready to go. If an event is ready to receive your Booking, you will be redirected to the IAAT Booking page to fill in the required form.

    QUESTIONS?
    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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