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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 #40


    A winter media photography excursion to Austria (FULL)




    LOCATION: Vienna (FULL)


    We start with regional airliners at the beautiful airport of Innsbruck, with ski-charter traffic operating into and out of a tight valley hub. We then head over to the world class Hangar 7 facility at Salzburg, home of the immaculate Red Bull collection. Next is Zeltweg to catch the Austrian AF EF2000s on operational flying. Our final engagement is with Vienna Airport where we undertake a very special media visit. This will be a brilliant way to start the year and provide a huge variety of aviation photography opportunities across multiple genres - all in stunning winter conditions!


    Between 0415hrs and 0445hrs please check-in with easyJet in the North Terminal at London’s Gatwick Airport. Then meet Rich Cooper of COAP, and fellow photographers, who will be standing in the immediate area. Latest recommended check-in time is 2 hours prior to departure, i.e. 0500hrs.

    Departure: Gatwick Airport, North Terminal: Flight EZY8291, Departs 0700hrs
    Arrival: Innsbruck 0955hrs

    On arrival we collect our transport and head straight out to the vantage points around Innsbruck airport to begin our winter photography. The airport is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and there’s a steady action of regional ski charters in and out of this amazing location.

    Once day has turned to night and all shooting possibilities are exhausted, we transfer to our hotel for the night, the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli. 
    An early start to undertake a morning of photography at Innsbruck, before heading east to Salzburg and the Red Bull Hangar 7 collection. We spend the afternoon here shooting the exhibits in this architectural masterpiece of a building, again watching as day turns to night and the wintry glow illuminating the exhibits.
    We spend the night in Salzburg, at the Austria Trend Salzburg West.

    DAY 3: 


    The pace picks up a little here as we hope to catch the Austrian AF EF2000s operating out of Zeltweg over the next two days. The World Economic Forum takes place from 22nd and we hope to catch the jets on air policing duties.

    We stay overnight at the Hotel Restaurant Hubertshof, Zeltweg. 

    DAY 4: 


    A second day at Zeltweg, due to the unpredictability of military ops and the mixed vantage points.

    At nightfall we head east again to Vienna, staying overnight at the Lifehotel Vienna Airport
    Day 5: 



    Another early start sees us join the airport ops team for the morning’s spectacular de-icing work, before operational photography and an interview with the CEO for a world class media production. 
Subject to final confirmation.

    Once the day is complete, we head back to the UK out of Vienna.

    Departure:: Vienna Airport, Flight EZY8954, Departs 2045hrs
    Arrival: Gatwick Airport, North Terminal, 2210hrs

    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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