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

  • Amazon Smile!!

    3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase – through March 31! Go to and Amazon donates to American Kitefliers Association Inc.

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  • Kite Fest Louisiane 2018 Sport Kite Figures

    In accordance with the Rule Book, these are the selected figures for the Sport Kite Competition at Kite Fest Louisiane 2018: Dual Line Individual: DI 05 Lap and Snap DI 07 Jump DI 19 Square Cuts Dual Line Pair DP 06 Inverted 8 w/Landing DP 07 H DP 11 Meet Again Dual Line Team: […]

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  • You'realwayswith me

    February 15th, 2018 Fireside Chat

    Hey There! Lots going on this last month, and even more coming up in the coming months. We have been updating the content on some of our pages, perhaps you have noticed? Go and check it out and see whats new. You will find the links to those pages through out this email. Live Chats […]

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  • Kinds of Kite Festivals

    What kinds of kite festivals are there? Some festivals raise money or support a charity. Other festivals are just for the fun of enjoying flight on a summer day. In general, kite events fall into these categories:    FUN FLY This is an event where anyone of any skill level can show up and fly any […]

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  • 12 Things You’ll Forget When Talking About Kites

    Have you ever visited a school to talk to the students about kites? It is fun, easy, and the kids will love it! Although you may have photographs and a PowerPoint presentation I suggest that you keep it real. If you display a few different kites you can easily spend 30-50 minutes talking about the […]

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  • 41st ANNUAL AKA CONVENTION – Host Hotel

    OFFICIAL HOST HOTEL INFORMATION: Below is the link for making Room Reservations at the Hilton. This is the site we HAVE to use to make the room reservations. Attendees cannot phone the reservation line, or the hotel to make reservations. 1) The Hilton is attached to the Convention Center. Easy access to all indoor activities; […]

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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.

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