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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 #24

    Aimed at those photographers whose time is precious… This is a very short ‘hit’ to take in all the action of the NATO Tiger Meet ‘Spotters Day’ and the following international airshow. Out and back as short, efficiently, leanly and effectively as possible, all the while making sure the photography of the events comes first! All ticketing for NTM and International Airshow undertaken on your behalf.

    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 all vantage points (and not forgetting a great social scene!).

    Dates: 17-21 May
    Cost: £695 Land Only (plus mandatory £55 NTM & Airshow tickets, the application of which we will undertake on your behalf). Flights from London also available.

    There are few events like it - the world-famous NATO Tiger Meet is a massive concentration of European airpower, with constant action and amazing special schemes. 

    This year it is being held at the super busy Polish AF F-16 Viper base of Poznan-Krzesiny, the first time for the nation.

    We’ll be spending a full day there at the NATO/PLAF-organised ‘Spotters Day’ before we then take in two days of action at the ‘Aerofestival 2018’ International Air Show, held at Poznan’s Lawica airfield.

    Both of these events will be a sell-out, and you will have the ticket application process taken care of without worry.

    Once the action is over, it’ll be time to head back home, thus ensuring as short and efficient trip as possible.

    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 all vantage points (and not forgetting a great social scene!).

    It’s going to be grrrrrreat!

    FULL ITINERARY (Land Only available, just meet at Poznan Airport)
    DAY 1: THURSDAY, 17th MAY
    Between 06:00 and 06:20 please go to Wizz Air’s check-in/bag-drop counters in Departures at London Luton Airport. Then meet Rich Cooper of COAP and your fellow photographers who will be gathering in the immediate vicinity. Do not go through to the gate until you have made yourself known to COAP.  At this busy time of the day for going through airport security we recommend that you arrive at check-in/bag drop at least 2 hours prior to departure, i.e. 06:20.

    London Luton, Flight W6 1902, departs 08:20
    Arrives Poznan Airport, 11:20


    After Passport Control and Baggage Reclaim we enter the Arrivals Hall. Here we meet with those passengers joining us on a Land Only basis, meeting in the Arrivals Hall between 12:00 and 12:30. We then make the 25-minutes transfer to our hotel in Poznan, the Hotel Ilonn, only 10 minutes from the centre of the city. On-site facilities include rooms with cable TV, refrigerator, internet and bathroom with shower. We stay 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
    The restaurant serves Polish and international dishes.  A varied breakfast buffet is served. Website: http://ilonnhotel.pl/ .

    DAY 2: FRIDAY, 18th MAY
    Tiger! Tigros! Tigre!
    Today is the official Spotter’s Day and we await timings from the organisers. 

    DAYS 3 & 4: SATURDAY 19th & SUNDAY 20th MAY
    Early departure both days to attend the Aerofestival 2018 international airshow which is being held at Poznan’s Lawica airfield, northwest of the city.

    We await details over the coming months of participating aircraft. 

    Website: http://www.poznanairshow.pl/en/

    DAY 5: MONDAY, 21st MAY

    Departing the hotel at 04:30 we return to Poznan Airport and check in/bag drop with Wizz Air for our flight back to Luton; latest recommended check-in/bag drop time is 05:10.

    Poznan Airport, Flight W6 1901, departs 06:40
    Arrives London Luton Airport, 07:50

    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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