FAAM, which is based at Cranfield airfield and University, was established by the Natural Environmental Research Council 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.