FAAM is established as a facility for the UK atmospheric science community; in particular scientists employed by the Met Office, or working in universities funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.
FAAM also has potential to carry out work for other UK government bodies (such as the Cabinet Office, or EPSRC funded researchers) or remunerated work which is compatible with the facilities availability to UK science.  This sort of work might, for example, include investigations of aircraft environmental impact, testing of new aircraft systems, or work for overseas research bodies.
This section of the website provides details of application processes, and also of working practices for those with whom FAAM is working.  Further information can be obtained by contacting the relevant member of FAAM's staff directly.
The flying calendar is shown in the Flying Programme section. Engineering work, including instrument installations, is also shown.

Pass requirement for FAAM


To fly on the ARA aircraft…

… you require a Directflight Flight pass. Please note ALL persons wishing to fly require a DFL Pass. The application form and details of other requirements can be found here http://www.faam.ac.uk/index.php/using-faam/how-to-apply#dfl-pass


If you are an infrequent ground or aircraft visitor to FAAM at Cranfield…

… and you expect to come and go to our offices in Building 146 multiple times during your visit we have a number of generic entrance swipe cards for access to the FAAM offices.

If you also require access the science labs (Building 85), and via them to Hanger 1 where the aircraft is located a different swipe card is required.

Both of these will be issued to visitors by FAAM staff in exchange for a university ID or driving licence (a single ID can be linked to both types of pass).

As an infrequent visitor you do not require an airside pass for flying days, just to be escorted by someone who has one.

If you are a frequent flying visitor to FAAM at Cranfield…

… we suggest you apply for a Cranfield Airside pass as well as your Directflight Flight pass. http://www.faam.ac.uk/index.php/using-faam/how-to-apply#cranfieldairport-pass

This will be your dedicated Cranfield Airport Airside access ID which will grant you access, via the electronic security gate, to the ramp apron 2 area where the aircraft will be parked on flight days. The ID will also allow you to escort work colleagues or visitors through the security gate to the aircraft where appropriate.

Notice of your visit to work on the aircraft in the hangar

All visitors requiring access to the aircraft when in the hanger on non-flight days are also required to fill in the access request (information here http://www.faam.ac.uk/index.php/using-faam/aircraft-access-proc and web form https://www.faam.ac.uk/forms/access/ to give Avalon Engineering advanced notice of your visit so they can coordinate any maintenance requirements.


Hangar Health and Safety
Currently there is a Health and Safety committee for the hangar, representatives are Jo Bampton, Alan Eltham, Jamie Trembath, Avalon representative and fire brigade representative.

All visitors must have had the FAAM induction presentation to allow them to work safely in our labs, the hangar and the aircraft. FAAM are responsible for their Laboratories and ensuring that they are a safe place to work. Hangar health and safety issues, including security, are primarily the responsibility of the airport, under consultation with the Hangar H&S committee, which meets 6-monthly.