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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 #63

    Dramatic winter action! The Swiss AF operates in some extreme weather conditions and will be undertaking live missions to protect the World Economic Forum. We will be shooting day and night in dramatic weather to capture the action… And more! This special trip will also feature visits to two of Europe’s most exciting preservation projects – the stunning ‘live’ Mirage III project at Stans-Buochs for an exclusive photo shoots! We will also be going air-to-air with executive aircraft over the stunning mountains... We cannot wait for this one!

    What to expect...

    • * Shoot live-armed fighters in dramatic weather conditions.
    • * Capture the action and test your skills in daylight and night lighting.
    • * Visit the beautiful, fully active, Mirage III preservation project at Stans-Buochs for an exclusive photo shoot.
    • * Go air-to-air with executive types over the snow-filled mountain vista of Switzerland!

    Sometimes in aviation photography you need to push yourself and challenge the boundaries. Shooting in winter conditions, in all weathers, day and night, is absolutely that. The light will be gorgeous or terrible, the weather gin-clear or white-out... And the Swiss AF is a master at operating in these elements. The F/A-18 Hornet fleet will be protecting the World Economic Forum over these dates on QRA and CAP duties, carrying live weapons on the alert. We'll be at Payerne in all of the vantage points to shoot this round-the-clock action.

    But it doesn't stop there...

    We will visit the STUNNING work being undertaken by the team at Stans Buochs on their active Mirage IIIRS, culminating in an exclusive Photo Shoot of this recce beauty coming out of the Canyons and start-up and taxi. This one is weather dependent (she's a precious beast!) but will absolutely be one of the highlights of the year - and it's only January!

    After the military action, we head to the heavens to go air-to-air over the stunning Sion valaise with a host of executive and historic aircraft. These will include such things as a PC-7, RV7, Rockwell Commander, TB20 and a C3605 - all with the incredible snow-filled mountain ranges of Switzerland below. First class photography from start to finish.

     This is the outline itinerary...

    Monday 20th January 2020: Arrival in Switzerland and meeting in Zurich Airport. We then travel to Stans to visit the wonderful restoration work of Mirage Verein Buochs and their active Mirage IIIRS. This recce legend will be our for an exclusive photo shoot, with canyon action, as well as engine start and taxi (subject to weather). It's going to be amazing! To cap off a brilliant day, we head to the edge of Lake Lucerne and stay overnight in the famous, superior, charming Hotel Balances - what a fine way to start this first class photography experience.

    Tuesday 21st January 2020: Time to turn up the heat as we begin shooting the Swiss AF in action with their live-armed Hornets protecting the World Economic Forum day and night. Expect landing, take-off and taxi shots from all the vantage points in beautiful or extreme, often with snow. Each night we stay nearby in a good hotel to warm up and download!

    Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd January 2020: More full-on Swiss AF action.

    Friday 24th January 2020: With the action winding down at Payerne, we head further into the Valaise of Sion ahead of the air-to-airs at the weekend.

    Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th January 2020: We head to the heavens to go air-to-air over the stunning Sion valaise with a host of executive and historic aircraft. These will include such things as a PC-7, RV7, Rockwell Commander, TB20 and a C3605 - all with the incredible snow-filled mountain ranges of Switzerland below. The cameraship will be a Caravan and there will be two separate flights with different subjects... First class photography from start to finish.

    COSTS: Seven days travel, six nights hotel accommodation, single rooms, Mirage III Photo Shoot, all transport, logistics, booking, admin, ATOL protection: £1555.
    (Flights to Switzerland from your choice of airport available for quotation on request)

    AIR-TO-AIR: There will be two flights, and both are expected to be affordable and really great value for money. Please contact us at the time of booking.


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    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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