• fullslide2
  • fullslide5
  • fullslide7
  • fullslide5
  • fullslide7
  • fullslide5
  • fullslide2
  • fullslide5
  • fullslide7
  • fullslide5
  • fullslide7
  • fullslide5
  • fullslide5
  • fullslide5

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 #26

    This is a fascinating display of ultra rare Russian-built hardware in action from the Kazakhstan AF. We will be shooting at the whole event, as well as undertaking a visit to the Airbus Helicopters Factory and a ramp tour of Astana International Airport.

    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: Almaty, Kazakhstan
    DATE: 22-27 May 2018
    PRICE: From £1170 Package Price
    CAPACITY: 8x photographers 

    • Flights on the scheduled services of Air Astana from London’s Heathrow Airport, as stated 
    • UK and Kazakh airport taxes & UK Passenger Service Charge
    • 5-nights superior hotel accommodation (immediate occupation in Astana) in single rooms with private facilities
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Chauffeur driven transfers each day
    • All logistics, bookings, admin, COAP services, transport, travel costs.
    This is a fascinating display of ultra rare Russian-built hardware in action from the Kazakhstan AF. We will be shooting at the whole event, and we are in the final stages of approval to visit to the Airbus Helicopters Factory and a ramp tour of Astana Airport and maintenance hangars.

    KADEX itself has become a rare window into the Kazakh AF, as well as the industry of this impressive region.

    On top of KADEX, the intended ramp tour of the capital’s International Airport and the Airbus Helicopters plant will greatly add to this visit. The country itself is something quite remarkable and this visit is highly recommended, not just for the aviation side.

    In this day and age, you have to branch out a little to get something different. We are very much looking forward to it.


    DAY 1: TUESDAY, 22nd MAY

    Between 15:00 – 16:05 please check-in with Air Astana at London’s Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4. Then meet Rich Cooper of COAP and your fellow photographers who will be assembling in the check-in area. Latest recommended check-in time is 2 hours prior to departure: 16:05.

    London Heathrow Terminal 4, Air Astana Flight KC 942, departs 18:05

    DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, 23rd MAY 
    Astana International Airport, Arrives 05:30

    After the usual arrival formalities we transfer by chartered coach to the Hotel Kazzhol located in the centre of Astana, 9 miles/14kms from the airport. We stay 5 nights (22-27 May) on a bed and breakfast basis at this superior hotel, which features an on-site restaurant, bar, international TV and free wi-fi. Website: www.hotelkazzhol.kz

    Our rooms will be ready for occupation immediately on our arrival; time to freshen up, have breakfast and then a couple of hours rest before we return to the airport, to the military area, the site of KADEX. Today is the first day of the event with gates opening at 10:00; the show finishes each day 17:00.

    DAYS 3 - 5: THURSDAY, 24th – SATURDAY, 26th MAY
    Three more full days at KADEX. One of the mornings we hope to visit Astana International Airport for some time air-side, photographing airliners on the ramp and the Air Astana Maintenance facilities; this will be followed by a visit to Airbus Helicopters Kazakhstan. NOTE: There might be a small extra charge for this.

    DAY 6: SUNDAY, 27th MAY 
    A morning spent at KADEX as required. At 12:45 we arrive back at the airport, ready to either make your way home (land only option) or join the UK flight home.

    Astana International, Air Astana Flight KC 941, departs 14:45
    Heathrow, Terminal 4, arrives 16:45

    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.

Hours of photographic operations
available through COAP this year!
Hours of expert training
available through COAP this year!
Hours of expert insider knowledge
available through COAP this year!