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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 #45

    A superb few days taking in the action from mainland Europe! First we in the action at Eindhoven, home of the the KLu transport fleet and the last KDC-10s. We then travel north to shoot the scenes at Amsterdam Schipol, as well as the quality National Military Museum at Soesterberg. Next is the the European edition of the world famous COAP Lounge, with its brilliant mix of aviation photography challenges, debate and social interaction.

    The next day will present the optional chance to join the pros at the ACE back-seat air-to-air photography school. Ever wanted to undertake a back-seat air-to-air? This is the place. Concurrently, we will be running our famous Adobe Lightroom Workshop at the excellent Lelystad museum collection.

    The fast jet action gets turned up a notch in the next two days, with European and US fighters taking part in Exercise ‘Frisian Flag’ at Leeuwarden, Netherlands. We finish off with a second hit at the low-level training area of the Dutch helo force.

    We very much look forward to the variety of action and fun!


    EINDHOVEN & HELOS: Between 04:00 and 04:30 please check in with Ryanair at London’s Stansted Airport. Then meet Rich Cooper of COAP, and fellow photographers, who will be gathering in the immediate area. We recommend you check in at least 90-minutes prior to departure, i.e. 04:45.

    London Stansted, Ryanair Flight FR9271, departs 06:15
    Eindhoven, arrives 08:20

    On arrival we collect our luggage from Baggage Reclaim and meet those arriving from other destinations in the Eindhoven Arrivals Hall before collecting our transport.

    Eindhoven is expected to host to the multi-national tanker participants of European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training (EART) exercise. We will take in whatever ops are on hand from the viewing areas, especially the KLu KDC-10s as well as checking out the helo activity on the nearby GLV-5 low-level/ops training area. We then drive north to Soesterberg.

    NAM & AMS: A morning spent at the world-class National Military Museum, located on the former Soesterberg AB, before heading to Amsterdam Schipol for the late afternoon/evening of photography at this busy international airport with superb vantage points. We’ll also pay a visit to the famous Hobby Shop located at the airport, before heading a little further north to Lelystad.

    SEMINAR: Euro Lounge! The world-famous COAP Lounge is a place to kick back, relax, unwind and talk aviation photography geekery to your heart’s content! Of course, in amongst all that enjoying ourselves and eating and drinking too much, there’s the ‘serious business’ of the COAP Lounge Challenges to showcase your photography talents to set themes. There’s also the chance to debate current topics from within the wonderful world of aviation photography. It’s a gathering of aviation photography like no other.

    The programme for this will be sent separately (it will be open to others, with around 10-20 a good working number).

    We will start the activities in the hotel meeting room at 10:00 with refreshments, take a working lunch, and wrap up at 17:00 and head to the excellent bar & restaurant for the appropriate debrief!


    DAY 4: SUNDAY, 7th APRIL
    AIR-TO-AIR & LIGHTROOM WORKSHOPS: A very special day, with plenty of options. We will be visiting the Aviodrome at Lelystad for the day (which is great in itself). You can either undertake a series of air-to-air flights (see overleaf), or join a special hands on Workshop on Adobe Lightroom.

    Please see overleaf for more details on how to become a COAP ACE and join the Adobe Lightroom Workshop. At the end of the day we move on to Leeuwarden, ahead of the fast jet exercise action.

    DAYS 5 & 6: MON-TUES, 8-9th APRIL
    Today is all about fast jet action as we shoot the action at Leeuwarden AB, with exercise participation from multiple military units. The base offers a great spotters area, with exercises waves expected morning and afternoon.

    We spend two full days here catching the morning and afternoon waves from all possible vantage points.

    DAY 7: WEDS, 10th APRIL
    Heading south, we visit GLV-5 again to try for more helo action.
    We then head to return to Eindhoven airport and check in with Ryanair for our flight back to London; latest recommended check in time is 90-minutes prior to departure: 19:00.

    Eindhoven, Ryanair Flight FR9274, departs 20:35
    London Stansted, arrives 20:45

    BACK-SEAT AIR-TO-AIR DETAILS: See PDF (and also ACE page on the website)

    Please read through he options on the PDF and e-mail us with your tailored requirements.

    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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