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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 #47

    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’. Out and back as short, efficiently, leanly and effectively as possible, all the while making sure the photography of the event comes first!
    Furthermore, the admin and application process for your NTM ticket is all taken care of. Worry free from start to finish!

    Bookings open from Wednesday 6th March at 12:00hrs UK time.

    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 French AF Rafale base of Mont-de-Marsan in beautiful southern France.
    We’ll be spending a full day there at the NATO/FAF-organised ‘Spotters Day’.
    This event 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 with a minimal time outlay (and not forgetting a great social scene!).
    It’s going to be grrrrrreat!

    DAY 1: THURSDAY, 16th MAY

    Between 12:00 and 12:30 please go to the EasyJet 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 90mins prior to departure, i.e. 12:25.

    London Luton, Flight EZY2033, departs 13:55
    Arrives Bordeaux Airport, 16:40

    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 17:00 and 17:45 (depending on baggage/security clearance). We then transfer to Castets, around 1.5hrs south, and check in at the hotel for 2 nights on a half board basis (bed, breakfast and 3-course evening meal (drinks not included). As well as the on-site restaurant there is a bar and Wi-Fi is free. 

    DAY 2: FRIDAY, 17th MAY
    Tiger! Tigros! Tigre!
    Today is the official Spotter’s Day and we await timings and event info from the organisers.

    DAY 3: SATURDAY 18th MAY
    This morning we return to Bordeaux Airport. The actual time of our departure will be decided once we have everyone’s return flight and check-in times.

    Bordeaux Airport, Flight EZY2034, departs 16:55
    Arrives London Luton Airport, 17:35

    This EW programme has very limited places to be quick!
    This EW is open for bookings from 12:00hrs on Wednesday 6th March.
    • In order to book your place, please sign into your COAP account - you will be able to download the itinerary and costings.
    • Then click the green Book Now button to go to the dedicated IAAT booking site.
    • Locate EW47 NATO Tigers and click Book Now.
    • Complete the booking form and hit Submit. You will receive an acknowledgement from IAAT of your request and will be contacted in order to confirm the flights, price and collect full payment.


    BOOKING: This EW is open for bookings from Wednesday 6th March at 12:00hrs UK time.

    COSTS: Please sign in and download the attached PDF.


    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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