FAAM is funded by NERC and the Met Office, although managed through NCAS.

The BAe-146-301 large Atmospheric Research Aircraft, also known as the ARA, is owned by NERC and fully supported via a contract with BAE Systems.  Under this contract the aircraft is managed and flown by Directflight Ltd, and maintained and regularly modified by Avalon Aero Ltd. Both companies hold UK CAA approvals in respect of the ARA.

Communication between all of these managing stakeholders is crucial to the success of the ARA programme, and much of this communication and co-ordination is managed by FAAM.

The aircraft flies an average of 400 science hours per annum and the prime stakeholders are numerous UK and overseas universities and the UK MET Office.