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Exotic Wings & Exotic Wings Extreme

Bringing you the best opportunities in aviation photography…

Travel to the action, immerse yourself photography, shoot rarities, visit ‘bucket list’ destinations, experience the thrill of the chase, learn from specialists all over the world, enjoy a fantastic social scene… There really is nothing like it.

COAP has decades of professional experience in delivering aviation photography, whether it’s a professional and enthusiast engagement across military air arms and commercial operators, visiting airshows or conducting air-to-air photography sorties.

These operations are strictly for photographers and are dedicated to spending quality time in the best vantage points, often executed with local knowledge and experience in place, and sometimes working towards a specific end result for our hosts.

Such visits may include a Workshop tutorial or have a Masterclass built into them, whereby aircrew or specialist aviation photographers will present to the group in a relaxed, interactive format.

The EW Extreme operations include travel off the beaten track, and are more suited to the dedicated photographer that loves the thrill of the chase. They offer a chance to travel with pro aviation shooters, with in-country experience and local contacts, which otherwise may be too daunting or difficult to achieve. Not for the faint-hearted, you never know what you are going to get on the adventure, but if you do come away with results they will surely be of the highest and rarest quality.

Exotic Wings overview…

•  Small groups of dedicated photographers, spending quality time immersed in aviation photography.
•  Shadow the pros and develop your technique.
•  Workshop/Masterclass often built into the assignment.
•  Produce stunning end results.
•  Solid travel itinerary.

  • What doesn’t change are the principles of great access and the opportunity to test and enhance your photographic skills not to mention the social side of gathering with fellow enthusiasts.

    Ian, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • This week has been one of the best weeks of my life. It was nothing short of amazing. I'm so passionate about my photography and finally feel I have found a place to learn more with COAP. And to top it all one of the pilots wants one of my images!

    Mark, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • We never shot from the same place twice; between the different vantage points, the changing light and weather, and the reversal of flight ops as the wind switched, there was such a variety to the photographic opportunities.

    Steve, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • These have been immensely enjoyable, well run, good value bearing in mind the opportunities they deliver and all with a great social atmosphere, comradeship and not forgetting the essential ingredient of a good dose of banter!

    Tim, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • Long days and an epic week that none of us will ever forget with experiences that will live for us forever. Fantastic COAP trip.

    Carl, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • Exotic Wings #20

    A superb few days taking in the action from mainland Europe! Take in the action at Eindhoven during the multi-national tanker exercise, with the KLu KDC-10s in their final chapter of operations. We then have the European edition of the world famous COAP Lounge, with its brilliant mix of aviation photography challenges, debate and social interaction.

    The next day will present the optional chance to join the pros at the ACE back-seat air-to-air photography school, as well as visiting the excellent Lelystad museum collection. Ever wanted to undertake a back-seat air-to-air? This is the place.
    The fast jet action gets turned up a notch in the next two days, with European and US fighters taking part in Exercise ‘Frisian Flag’ at Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and Wittmund, northern Germany.

    We very much look forward to the variety of action and fun!

    Your travel with COAP will ensure you are part of a small, flexible and photography-focussed group, offering the highest degree of flexibility to ensure a maximum return from as many vantage points as possible (and not forgetting a great social scene!).

    LOCATION: Eindhoven, Emmeloord, Lelystad, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) and Wittmund (Germany) 
    SUBJECT: EARTT Tanker Training, Exercise ‘Frisian Flag’, COAP Euro Lounge, ACE air-to-air package.
    DATE: 13-17 April 2018
    PRICE: From £680 Land Only
    CAPACITY: 6x photographers 
    INCLUDES: • Full itinerary: Flights on the scheduled services of Ryanair from London’s Stansted Airport
    • UK and Dutch airport taxes, and UK Passenger Service Charge (subject to change)
    • Five days, with four night’s accommodation in rooms with en suite facilities 
    • Services of COAP Photo Manager.
    • Participation in Lounge event, with hire of meeting room and refreshments.
    • All transfer and travel costs.
    • Breakfast each morning
    • All logistics, bookings, admin, COAP services, transport, travel costs.


    DAY 1: FRIDAY, 13th APRIL
    Between 06:30 and 07:05 please check in with Ryanair at  London’s Stansted Airport. Then meet Rich Cooper of COAP, and fellow photographers, who will be gathering in the immediate area. As this is the busiest time of the day for going through security we recommend you check in at least 90-minutes prior to departure, i.e. 07:05.

    London Stansted, Ryanair Flight FR 9271, departs 08:35
    Arrives Eindhoven, arrives 10:40

    On arrival we collect our luggage from Baggage Reclaim and meet those arriving from other destinations in the Arrivals Hall before collecting our transport. 

    Eindhoven is host to the multi-national tanker participants of European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training (EART) exercise, and is likely to have tankers from France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands on base. We will take in whatever ops are on hand from the viewing areas, especially as the KLu KDC-10s are soon to be retired. We then drive north to Emmeloord and stay two nights at the Hotel Emmeloord (Van der Valk) on a bed and breakfast basis. On-site facilities include restaurant, bar and free wi-fi. Website: https://www.hotelemmeloord.nl/ 

    Euro Lounge! The world-famous COAP Lounge is a place to kick back, relax, unwind and talk aviation photography geekery to your heart’s content! Of course, in amongst all that enjoying ourselves and eating and drinking too much, there’s the ‘serious business’ of the COAP Lounge Challenges to showcase your photography talents to set themes. There’s also the chance to debate current topics from within the wonderful world of aviation photography. It’s a gathering of aviation photography like no other.

    The programme for this will be sent separately (it will be open to others, with around 10-20 a good working number). 

    We will start the activities in the hotel meeting room at 10:00 with refreshments, take a working lunch, and wrap it up around 17:00 and head to the bar for the appropriate debrief!

    DAY 3: SUNDAY, 15th APRIL
    A very special day, with plenty of options. We will be visiting the Aviodrome at Lelystad for the day. You can either undertake a series of air-to-air flights (see AA53), or spend the day visiting the Aviodrome itself with its excellent collection of historic airframes and displays… or a bit of both!

    Please see HERE for more details on how to become a COAP ACE!

    At the end of the day we move on to Leeuwarden, where we check in at the Eurotel Hotel in the centre of town for one night on a bed and breakfast basis. There is an on-site restaurant, bar and free wi-fi. Website: https://www.eurohotel.nl/ .

    DAY 4: MONDAY, 16th APRIL
    Today is all about fast jet action as we shoot the action at Leeuwarden AB, with exercise participation from multiple European and American units. The base offers a great spotters area, with exercises waves expected morning and afternoon. 
    At the end of the day we travel to Wittmund in Germany, staying one night on a bed and breakfast basis at the Ringhotel Residenz overlooking the historic market square of the town. This very comfortable hotel has a restaurant and bar on-site and wi-fi.Website: http://www.residenz-wittmund.de/ .

    DAY 5: TUESDAY, 17th APRIL
    The Canadian contractor DA Defence is supporting the exercise with its fleet of A-4 Skyhawks out of Wittmund AB. We will visit the base to shoot these rare birds in action.
    Mid-afternoon we  head south to return to Eindhoven and check in with Ryanair for our flight back to Stansted; latest recommended check in time is 90-minutes prior to departure: 19:05. 

    Eindhoven, Ryanair Flight FR 9274, departs 21:15
    London Stansted, arrives 21:25

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    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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