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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 #44

    23 March - 1 April 2019
    Langkawi, Malaysia
    LIMA 2019 

    Imagine a tropical island, with palm trees and clear seas, a warm climate and a rich culture and now add fast jet action, sea planes, the latest transports, airliner action and rare display teams… and you have the experience that is LIMA 2019!
    A regional airshow and trade exhibition for Malaysia and its partners. You can expect fast-jet demos from the Royal Malaysian AF as well as displays from regional military partners. Other branches of the Malaysian military are also on show, and the static includes more rarities that you will only see at an event like this.
    Furthermore, the Maritime display takes place on a co-located beach for even more unusual, rare and photogenic action.

    …Did we mention the beach?



    Between 08:00 and 08:55 please check-in with Singapore International Airlines (SIA) in Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow 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. 08:55.

    Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2, Flight SQ317, Departs: 10:55

    DAY 2: SUNDAY, 24th MARCH
    Arrives Singapore Airport, Arrives: 07:50

    On arrival we make our way to the departure gate of our onward flight to Langkawi: boarding should commence at approximately 11:45.

    Singapore Airport, Flight SQ8394, Departs 12:25
    Arrives Langkawi, 13:50

    After Immigration Control we collect our luggage from Baggage Reclaim, proceed through Customs and enter the Arrivals Hall.

    We then transfer to the NR Langkawi Motel in Pantai Cenang, staying 7 nights on a room only basis. The motel is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from the lively Cenang Beach and just five minutes from the more relaxed Tenhga beach. It is in-between the locations of the air and maritime exhibition (and closer to the latter). This affordable property is situated a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport and Kuah Town. This non-smoking motel offers free private parking facilities and a sun terrace for guests to relax and unwind. NR Langkawi does not house a restaurant however, guests can sample various local delicacies at Kuah Town and along Cenang Beach.
    DAYS 3 - 9: MONDAY, 25th – SUNDAY, 31st MARCH
    The epitome of ‘Exotic Wings’! The Langkawi International Maritime And Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) is a super cool, relaxing event, yet packing some superb and highly rare action. Each day will take in the show action, split between the aerial displays at Langkawi Airport (where we will shoot from vantage points inside and outside the show site), as well as the Maritime Exhibition on the coast. We will be applying for Media Passes throughout. Travel to/from the venues and vantage points will be via taxi, which will be split between the group on the day (cash only). The evenings will be a relaxed affair in beach-side restaurants and bars.

    DAY 9 Continued: SUNDAY, 31st MARCH
    Returning to Langkawi Airport we check in with SIA for our flights to London, via Singapore; latest recommended check in time is 2 hours before departure: 18:00.

    Langkawi, Flight: SQ 8397, Departs: 20:00
    Arrives Singapore 22:00

    On arrival we stay air-side and go along to the departure gate of our onward flight to Heathrow; boarding should start around 22:50.

    Singapore, Flight: SQ 322, Departs: 23:30

    DAY 10: MONDAY, 1st APRIL
    Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2, Arrives: 05:55

    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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