The AKA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing kite flying with the world.

Founded in 1964 by the late Robert M. Ingraham of New Mexico, the American Kitefliers Association (AKA) has thousands of members in 25 countries, making it the largest association of kite fliers and kite clubs in the world. Our purpose is to educate the public in the art, history, technology, and practice of building and flying kites - to advance the joys and values of kiting in all nations.

We strive to promote public awareness of the pleasures and educational opportunities that kites provide. They can remind us about how we interact with our environment and each other. Kites can be a source of community building, breaking down barriers that typically prevent us from interacting. No words are needed to fly a kite!

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Latest Blog Posts

  • T-Shirt Fundraising Campaign!

    Did you know that there is something extra special about this particular limited edition kite tee? Every purchase helps the AKA raise funds to help fund free kite building workshops for kids, outreach programs for folks with physical or mental disabilities, free educational resources for teachers, and so much more. There are different colors and […]

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  • It is OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!! The next convention will be in….

    Drum roll please………   Come join the fun with the best kiteflier, the best kitemakers, the greatest kite enthusiasts of ALL TIME in one place at one time!  Celebrating 40 years of the American Kitefliers Association, this is set to be a BIG celebration and you, yes YOU, are cordially invited to attend and help […]

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    You Flew Where?!!?

      It seems that one thing that all kite fliers have in common is a desire to fly their kites anywhere and everywhere. Some fly their kites in tricky weather conditions, urban spaces, confined indoor facilities, or where you would least expect it.  Recently we asked our membership on the AKA Facebook page: Where is the […]

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  • Photo by: Brad Bixby

    AKA Member Wayne Dowler – Flying into Recovery

    Recently Wayne Dowler ‘sat down’ with folks from his local news station and spoke with them about how kite flying has helped him after a stroke.  We had a chance to talk with him and learn more about what it is that keeps him flying. AKA: While your fellow kite fliers might have met you on the […]

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  • South Jersey Windwriters #125

    Enjoy this newsletter from the South Jersey Kite flyers!  

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  • Kiting Archives

    A few months ago the decision was made by the BOD to take down the KiteTalk Forum due to persistent inactivity. In doing so, it corrupted the link to the KITING Archives.  The BOD realizes that access to the KITING Archives is a high priority for our members and is working on a fix. So […]

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What type of kite activity are you interested in?


Single Line Kites

Most traditional kites as you know them are single line, both classic and modern, a variety of shapes can be flown on just one string.

Dual Line Kites

Also commonly referred to as "sport" or "stunt" kites, two string kites are controllable in the sky and sometimes flown in team formations.

Quad Line Kites

Fully controllable with four strings, quad line kites can hover in mid-air and are popular for large groups of team flying worldwide.

Kite Making

Whether you use classic materials like paper and wood or delve into modern materials, the artistic and design possibilities are endless.
KAP beach (by Dan Brinnehl)

Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

Kite Aerial Photography is a unique art with a view from above.  With a kite in the air, a camera is suspended from the flying line and takes photos with an unusual perspective.

Fighter Kites

One of the oldest styles in history, fighter kites are controllable with one string and are popular through Asia and the Middle east.


If you're looking to test your skills in positive and encouraging formats, there is competition available for every genre of kiting from kite making to sport kite championships.

Indoor Kiting

Using one, two or four strings, indoor kites are specially designed to fly with simple movement indoors, without any wind at all.

Power Kites

Feel the tug and power of the wind, power kites are often used for "traction" engines to pull fliers on surf and land boards, buggies and more.