Aircraft facilities (FAAM)
NERC provides comprehensive airborne research capability for the benefit of the environmental science community. There are currently one aircraft available to our scientists:
- BAe 146 - operated by Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements - external link - (FAAM) based at Cranfield
The FAAM BAe146 aircraft was purchased by NERC in April 2014 and is managed by NCAS on behalf of NERC and the Met Office. It carries an extensive payload of state-of-the-art instruments to measure clouds, aerosols, basic state parameters and radiation, and can carry a complement of up to 20 people. The aircraft is operated under contract by BAe Systems and Direct Flight Ltd.