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

  • Fireside Chat – March 2017

      Hey everyone! Sorry for the absence of the Fireside Chats the past two months. So much has been happening that it honestly slipped my mind. Oops! Please forgive me. Hopefully you have felt up to date on the goings on in the kite world via the Regional Newsletters, the supplemental’s, the Facebook Page, or […]

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  • Social Media Gurus and Grant Writers Wanted


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  • 2017 AKA Convention Logo

      ***Deadline for Logo Submissions: February 28th, 2017*** We are accepting Logo submissions for our 2017 AKA Annual Convention being held in Ocean City, Maryland. This is your chance to show us your artistic skills and design abilities.  The winning entry will receive one FREE Registration to the 2017 convention. This year’s theme is “CELEBRATING 40 YEARS”. We […]

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  • Thank You!

    A big THANK YOU to the folks that purchased a t-shirt from our recent t-shirt fundraiser! It was a big success, and we are gathering together some graphic artists to create MORE limited edition t-shirts for you.  Your purchases and donations help the AKA continue its mission. All of this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t […]

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    Happy Holidays!

      Happy Holidays from the Board of Directors of the American Kitefliers Association!   If you have been really good this year, maybe Santa will place a kite under your Christmas tree!

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  • Nic O'Neill AKA President

    December 8th, Fireside Chat

    December is generally a slow time for us kite fliers in the northern hemisphere. The winter winds bring with them snow and little sunlight. While some intrepid souls are still braving the weather and pulling out their ice anchors for kite flying on the frozen lakes, others are heading indoors. Yes… indoor kite flying is […]

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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.