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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 #41

    Attend an airshow like you’ve never done before! We will be spending four days at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show - a showcase of the airpower and machines of the US Marines - including going air-to-air with some amazing performers on the arrivals day and full pro Photography Workshop with sunset and nightshoot! With a VIP Media chalet and promises of some great social time, this will be an awesome Assignment. We also await confirmation of further Assignments at MCAS Cherry Point and Charleston AFB.

    ASSIGNMENT SUMMARY 

    LOCATION: MCAS Beaufort
    
SUBJECT: MCAS Beaufort Air Show, showcasing MAG-31 with its six squadrons of USMC F/A-18C/D Hornets, plus the USMC and British F-35 Lightning IIs! Go air-to-air with show performers, enjy a VIP Media Chalet and  Aviation Photography Workshop with the pros on a sunset and nightshoot with the static aircraft!
    NOTE: We are also working on operational access to MCAS Cherry Point to work with the USMC EA-6B Prowler community, as well as Charleston AFB and it's C-17A Globemaster IIIs.
    DATE: 23rd April - 2nd May 20167
    PRICE: Land Only £1520 (or with flights from London £2335), Workshop & Media Package £320, Air-to-airs from £750.
    
CAPACITY: 8x photographers 

    INCLUDES: Flights (or Land Only), transfers, hotels, all logistics, booking and admin. 

    ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW
    Attend an airshow like you’ve never done before! We will be spending four days at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show - a showcase of the airpower and machines of the US Marines - including going air-to-air with airshow performers on the arrivals day and a sunset/night shoot!
    We will be working with with the good people at 3G Aviation Media to provide an amazing visit to this USMC showcase. 3G has run numerous Workshops and aerial events and we have teamed up with them to offer air-to-air photography from a CASA 212 cameraship with multiple budget options.

    We will also be enjoying a dedicated VIP media chalet over the weekend and some great social time.

    We also await confirmation of further Assignments at MCAS Cherry Point and Charleston AFB. If these do not come through, time will be spent in the beautiful Kitty Hawk area, as well as other local aviation and workshop-related activities. These two extra Assignments (Cherry Point EA-6Bs and Charleston C-17s) are at an advanced stage but final approval is still awaited. However, may I take this opportunity to encourage you to book on the strength of the Beaufort show experience alone. 

Semper Fi!

    THE TIMETABLE

    DAY 1: SUNDAY, 23rd APRIL
    Meet COAP and the Assignment photographers at London Heathrow (full flights package) or Raleigh Durham airport in beautiful North Carolina (Land Only). Timings etc available on request when booking.

    After meeting in the arrivals hall at Raleigh-Durham, we travel south to Havelock, where we stay three nights

    DAY 2: MONDAY, 24th APRIL
    We await approval for our visit to MCAS Cherry Point EA-6B Prowler community. These are the only flying examples of this electronic attack machine in the world and we hope to be shooting their squadron operations for two days of operational coverage.

    DAY 3: TUESDAY, 25th APRIL
    A return to Cherry Point to ensure weather and serviceability back-ups, location variety and briefing/interview time.

    If the approval does not come through, then the time will be spent at other locations in the area.

    This evening we drive to Myrtle Beach and check in for the night on the seafront.

    DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, 26th APRIL

    Departing early, we drive to Charleston, South Carolina. We wait approval for this first of two days with Charleston AFB’s mammoth C-17 Globemaster III fleet. The day would be spent shooting the ops and being briefed on the incredible cargo and troop undertakings of the C-17 fleet for some fascinating coverage.

    We then drive on to Beaufort, checking in for four nights.

    DAY 5: THURSDAY, 27th APRIL
    Going air-to-air with participants and show performers at the 2017 MCAS Beaufort Air Show! We will be working with our 3G Aviation Media colleagues to go air-to-air with selected performers as they arrive at MCAS Beaufort. More information below.

    DAY 6: FRIDAY, 28th APRIL
    A second day of potential flying and arrival/rehearsal action at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. This picturesque base is home to no less than SIX squadrons of F/A-18C/D Hornets of the US Marine Corps’ MAG-31, as well as a USMC F-35B Lightning II unit and the Royal Navy test machines.

    DAY 7: SATURDAY, 29th APRIL
    The first show day of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. Full-on US Marine Corps action! PLUS! You will have your own dedicated VIP media chalet and full photography Workshop for sunset and night photography with exclusive access. See below for more information.

    DAY 8: SUNDAY, 30th APRIL
    The second show day of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. Once again enjoying our dedicated VIP Media chalet with great amenities, vantage and company. See below.

    After the flying programme has ended we return to Charleston for 1 night.

    DAY 9: MONDAY, 1st MAY

    Once approved, a return visit to Charleston AFB to finalise our coverage at this C-17 megabase.

    Late afternoon we depart for Charleston International Airport to drop off for the flights back home. Full package flights will depart to London via Charlotte; Land Only travellers will be dropped at the same time.

    DAY 10: TUESDAY, 2nd MAY
    Our transatlantic flights arrives back in London late morning. 

    THE AERIALS AT MCAS BEAUFORT AIRSHOW
    We will be working with super experienced 3G Aviation Media for the aerial photography built into this Assignment, subject to full operational, security, and weather caveats. We hope to have the flexibility to work around the weather for this important part of the proceedings, but operations, serviceability and weather WILL be fully taken into account. If all goes to plan, this will see you board a specially-chartered CASA 212 operated by a commercial company based in the local area, for use as an aerial cameraship for a number of planned flights. The aircraft will form up behind us with the cargo ramp lowered for a fully briefed and co-ordinated aerial photography mission.

    There is a number of subjects being worked on and we await the full plan. Confirmed so far is the incredible Patty Wagstaff (just to be in the same airspace at the same time as this all-time aviation legend is enough!), as well as a F4U Corsair and P-51 Mustang and the GEICO SkyTypers demo team. We await confirmation of others.

    As it stands now, there will be three flights and each seat is expected to be around £750. You can sign up for all three and this is expected to be around £1995. Each flight is expected to be around 1.5hrs. This is based on current exchange rate and the cost and the airborne time is subject to change.

    We cannot stress enough how much these engagements are subject to the above caveats. As with any aerial sortie, plans constantly change right up to the moment that the subject is in your viewfinder, nothing is guaranteed and your booking is made on that basis.

    THE WORKSHOP & VIP PACKAGE AT MCAS BEAUFORT AIRSHOW

    Possibly the coolest airshow package in the world!

    You will have all-day access to the 3G Aviation Media chalet at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. Stop by, eat lunch, take advantage of the front-row shooting opportunities or cool off and rest your feet in the tent with a drink!   

Once the airshow flying ends on Saturday, attendees will assemble at the chalet for an overview of the evening's photographic events. Doug Glover will kick off the classes with a quick overview of Flightline Safety, covering what you need to know to safely work on the MCAS Beaufort flightline during the photoshoot. Tony Granata will then cover some photography basics to ensure that all of the workshop attendees are able to maximize the capabilities of their cameras during the photoshoot. The last class of the afternoon will cover sunset photography techniques and planning so that you can be successful during the evening's photo shoot and on your own in the future.

    Once the light becomes golden, attendees will be escorted to the part of the flightline where the evening's subjects are located. We will have to remain within the area defined by our military escorts, but all of the aircraft in that area are fair game for you to photograph.  We will practice the sunset shooting techniques covered earlier and the 3G instructors will be on hand to assist you with any questions you have.  With the open expanse of the runways behind some of the subjects and airshow pavilions behind others, you will be challenged in your composition, but remember, this is an airshow, use what others would think of as clutter to tell the story of the aircraft!

    After the sun sets, the group will gather around the subjects for the twilight shoot where Tony will demonstrate light painting and Doug will use off-camera flash  techniques.  Attendees are encouraged to move between the two twilight shoots to maximise their learning during the evening. We will conclude our shooting approximately one hour after sunset (around 9PM) and depart the flightline with our military escorts.  Anyone wishing to meet up with Doug and Tony afterwards for a quick debrief of the photoshoot over dinner and drinks is welcome to do so, but it is by no means mandatory!

    Workshop topics will include:
        Working with Light
        Sunset photo shoot planning
        Airshow Photography gear bag / Flight Line Safety

    Package includes…
        Exclusive front-row access near show centre
        Catered lunch
        Beverage service throughout airshow
        Hands-on assistance and techniques during airshow from 3G team
    Airshow access
        Access at the 3G Aviation Media chalet.
        Hands-on assistance and techniques during airshow from 3G team
        Sunset photography photo sessions and lessons
        One-on-one photography instruction, tailored to YOUR skill level
        Access to vintage and modern military aircraft as photo subjects

    WHOLE TWO-DAY MEDIA & WORKSHOP PACKAGE = £320

    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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