FAAM, which is based at Cranfield airfield and University, was established by NERC and the Met Office to:
  • maximise the potential of the BAe-146-301 large Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA);
  • operate, calibrate and maintain the ARA's core instrumentation;
  • process core data and present to science users and to BADC in a timely and efficient manner;
  • plan and coordinate instrument configuration changes;
  • manage the introduction of new instruments on behalf of the scientific user community;
  • operationally plan and execute science campaigns on behalf of the scientific user community;
  • train users new to the aircraft and Facility;
  • provide continuation support to existing customers; and to operate the contracts that support the aircraft and required operating infrastructure.

It also conducts and publishes research in support of, but always directed by, these activities.