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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 #21

    A fantastic air-to-air operation with the participants of the ‘EURASIA’ airshow in Antalya, Turkey. This special event will see aircraft perform for the gathered crowds in Turkey under the country's first commercial airshow.
    We will be operating a cameraship with the intent to undertake aerial coverage of specific performers (and the show itself) for the organisers.
    Turkey has proud aviation history as well as a hard-working industry and a network of allies. Accordingly, this show is expected to attract some VERY interesting participants.
    We await to see the exact plan of the aerials and the subjects.
    The aerial flights will be subject to a separate costing. This itinerary covers the logistics, and outlines the aerial plan largest based on last year’s highly successful undertaking.
    This is promising to be an excellent addition to the programme.

    Land Only cost for the seven days: £825, plus air-to-airs will be additional to this. More details on request.

    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!).


    DAY 1: FRIDAY, 20th APRIL
    Please meet Rich Cooper of COAP and fellow photographers in the international Arrivals Hall at Antalya Airport at 2130hrs. (Flights from London/Istanbul also available).
    Today is all about the briefings and safety checks, checking over the plans, full guidance on aerial photography and how to execute the missions, as well as the pilot and safety briefings with our crews.
    Flexibility is key here, over the next three days of arrivals and rehearsals. We will be operating for the arriving participants on the Sunday-Tuesday. The exact programme is not known yet (and will always change in some way anyway!). We will be operating from Antalya, the show site, right by our hotel. More details of the participants will be provided as the weeks develop (and on the days themselves), but we hope for some great photographic opportunities air-to-air at a time when operating cameraships for aerial purposes is becoming increasingly difficult.
    A full day at the EURASIA show, the first of its kind in the country. www.eurasiaairshow.com
    Leaving our baggage in the hotel room for later collection, we then return for a second hit at the EURASIA show from the time the gates open until around 1330-1400hrs.
    We then transfer to the domestic terminal on the hotel’s transfer service we check in with Turkish Airlines; recommended latest check in time is at least 2 hours prior to departure, i.e. 1450hrs. If traveling Land Only, you are required to match the timings of the COAP flights under your own arrangements. More details on request.

    Right now, the final details are being put together. Also, we are not yet authorised to reveal the participants of the show and air-to-air subjects. All you are invited to do at this stage is to send us an E-MAIL to get your name on the list URGENTLY. First come, first served and this is likely to be one of the best and most diverse aerials we've undertaken.



    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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