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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    Help the AKA Grow

    The AKA is looking for ideas on how to make the organization better. Do you have an idea for an event, a focus, a mandatory costume for the President, etc??? This is one of the ways you can be heard and make a difference for this great organization. It only takes a moment to fill […]

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    AKA Featured Member – Barton Bailey

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Barton Bailey, Oak Ridge, TN, A $30 Spectra Sport twin pack (a diamond dual line and a delta dual line) gifted to me by my mom on a family trip to Litchfield Beach, SC hooked me on kites and stunt kites in particular. A couple of trips […]

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    AKA Featured Member – Alan Ballou

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Alan Ballou, Chesterfield, VA 2. Why did you join the AKA? I joined as a way to network with others in kiting. Love to read through the magazine when it comes out! 3. What is your favorite kite to fly? That would all depend on conditions….but I […]

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    AKA Featured Member – Alexa King

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m Alexa King and I live in Mount Vernon, WA. I’m a better kite maker than I am a kite flyer, but I love to do both. My son Sam took me to WSIKF in about 2000, and we were hooked. We learned about the Oregon Kitemakers […]

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    AKA Featured Member – John Graves

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. John Graves, West Chester, OH. Started with an eleven dollar parafoil I bought at the first Airwaves here outside Cincinnati. I have been buying bigger and more complex kites since. I enjoy the travel to an increasingly large number of states to see friends and fly kites. […]

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    AKA Featured Member – Brett & Diane Morris

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Brett and Diane Morris live in Southern Oregon. Brett is Region 9 Director and VP2 for AKA. Since they retired, they travel to as many kiting events as they can. Brett flies stunt kites, both dual and quad line. Diane has her own bag of single lined […]

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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.