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

  • AKA Featured Flier – Robin McCracken

      1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am Robin McCracken, 53 year old Male, former AKA Region 7 Director I live in Denver Colorado, in the northeast 3 square mile appendage of Aurora, near Denver International Airport. Kiters with a “delayed flight” are invited to call me, I’m a few minutes away. […]

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    AKA Featured Fliers – Cass and Carol Pittman

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: Cass and Carol Pittman, San Diego Ca. We have two very large beautiful greyhounds that are afraid of kites. 2. Why did you join the AKA? The number one reason we joined is we decided we wanted to improve our skills and our way to accomplish this was […]

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  • AKA Featured Flier – Nicholas Knight

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Nicholas Knight. I’m from Puyallup Washington, and I like to ride my bike, and fly kites with team Evidence. 2. Why did you join the AKA? So I could fly with team evidence 3. What is your favorite kite to fly?  Jinx 4. Where is […]

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  • AKA Featured Flier Lynn Huston

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: Mr. Lynn Huston @ Erie, PA. 2. Why did you join the AKA? Loved Kite flying 3. What is your favorite kite to fly? Twenty foot single line delta,Texas flag colors, Red, White, Blue almost looks like the American flag. 4. Where is your favorite place to fly? Presque Isle […]

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  • AKA Featured Flier – Paul Dugard

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: Well, I did not have a name for 2 days. I was a number in a crib. I have two older sisters and odds were another girl. So after two days Paul Dugard is my name. I have lived in the Washington DC Area all of my […]

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  • AKA Featured Flier – Jason Wheeler

      1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Jason Wheeler and I live in Pensacola, Florida. We have an AKA affiliated club, Emerald Coast Kite Flyers Club, and we promote kiting in NW Florida and the surrounding areas. I love putting a set of lines in someone’s hands and spreading my […]

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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.