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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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.

Latest Blog Posts

  • Why Become A Member of the AKA

    Membership…. this is a powerful and loaded word that carries with it many different meanings.  When we try to encourage folks to join the AKA, often times we talk about the benefits of membership. Some argue that the benefits of joining are more than just the glossy pages of the quarterly magazine, the insurance, and […]

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  • KiteMania Feather Exchange

    Every now and then someone comes up with something fun and exciting that adds a lot of fun to kite festivals.   Something that helps kite fliers interact with one another, brings some laughter and excitement to the field, and a bright dash of color! The folks attending Kitemania South in Tampa Bay, FL this year […]

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  • AKA 2016 Convention Logo

    Deadline for Logo Submissions: February 20th, 2016*** We are accepting Logo submissions for our 2016 AKA Annual Convention being held in in Seaside, Oregon. This is your chance to show us your artistic skills and design abilities.  The winning entry will receive one FREE Registration to the 2016convention. Please follow the guidelines we have listed below.  We are asking the […]

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    National Kite Month is Coming!

    Every year National Kite Month helps us bring in Spring with a joyous lifting of all of our kites high into the sky.  But why do we need a month to celebrate our passion when all of us fly kites year round?  Well lets start off by saying that it must mean that our passion […]

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  • 2015 AKA Convention Logo

    2015 – Enid, OK

    38th Annual American Kitefliers Association Annual Convention and Grand Nationals Enid, OK

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    2015 – Bobby Stanfield

    Nomination letter: This nominee’s innovative designs have been admired world wide and have inspired many people to build on his contribution. From his methodical cleaness of design to his innovative contribution of connectors, this nominee has given the kite world a plethora of ideas to play with. His connectors alone have inspired many to use […]

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