The FAAM Airborne Laboratory provides cutting edge measurements in the atmosphere almost anywhere in the world.

We primarily serve scientists working in UK universities who are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the UK Met Office

However, we can also provide our unique airborne platform in support of other UK government bodies and for commercial organisations in some circumstances. 

Our service supports users through access to world-leading infrastructure and a complete package of support from our expert team to maximise every possible opportunity from your flying hours.

 You will have access to a specially-adapted research aircraft, modern laboratory facilities and office space, instrument configuration and installation, and a dedicated team of project managers, flight crew, operations specialists, engineers and scientists.

Any data collected by our core instruments will be supplied using a standard format and archived at the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis.

How to apply

There are six different pathways to using the FAAM Airborne Laboratory. 

The best pathway for you will depend on your career stage, whether you have used our service before, your source of funding, your research interest and the number of flying hours you require.

    • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Grants provide access to the FAAM Airborne Laboratory via funding obtained through successful grants, as outlined in the NERC research grants and fellowships handbook.
    • Research Runway allows early career researchers and new users to take advantage of the FAAM Airborne Laboratory, and provide flying hours for small-scale, stand-alone projects
    • NERC National Capability provides access to FAAM Airborne Laboratory through long-term science programmes funded through NERC’s National Capability commissioning.
    • Other Publicly-funded Research can offer a way to access FAAM Airborne Laboratory flight hours and support services using funding from public bodies such as a UK Research Council or the European Commission.
    • Commercial Users can collaborate with the FAAM Airborne Laboratory to install instrumentation and conduct flights
    • FAAM Testing Hours provide opportunities for researchers to make use of FAAM Airborne Laboratory test flying hours, and these tend to be appropriate for science projects that require one or two flights.

 If you are thinking about a science campaign with FAAM Airborne Laboratory, it’s best to contact us as early as possible in your planning process.

We can provide support and guidance to help you understand the costs involved, and tailor our services to your needs.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Did you know?

FAAM can also be commissioned for commercial use.