WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) signed a Declaration of Cooperation to support future Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft development and operation.

The declaration is a commitment to the safety agencies' long partnership and formalizes ongoing discussions on certifying and validating new AAM aircraft, production, continued airworthiness, operations, and personnel licensing.

"The FAA and the JCAB have enjoyed a long and strong working relationship, which will extend into this new era of aviation," said Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen.

"Close collaboration with our international partners is critical to successfully and safely integrating these new technologies."

The two agencies will exchange ideas, information, skills, and techniques and collaborate on AAM projects and challenges of mutual interest.

The announcement follows the FAA's partnering with the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in the National Aviation Authorities Network to harmonize FAA's certification criteria and integration plans.