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

  • Early Registration ends tonight

    Don’t wait till the last minute to take advantage of Early Registration savings for the 40th AKA Annual Convention! Log on to the Members’ only page and register now.  This is also your last chance to pre-order apparel for the Convention. Some more Q&A from recent feedback: Q: Will there be live feeds of the […]

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  • Interview with Convention Chair Phillip Whitaker and more!

    1. Tell me a little bit about yourself  VP #1 and Chair Annual Meeting and National Convention Committee. I live in Enid, Oklahoma, (Region 8) 2. How many conventions have you attended? Three – Two in Enid and Seaside 2016 3. Who are you looking forward to reconnecting with at the Convention? John Barresi and […]

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  • AKA Convention Presenter Feature: Robert Brasington

    Today we have a virtual sit down with Robert Brasington. Not only is he a repeat workshop presenter at the AKA Convention, he is also a well known kite builder and world traveler.   Q: Why did you pick to host a workshop about STAINED GLASS TECHNIQUE? A: I was approached to present. Q: How […]

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  • Sport Kite Rules change

    Here is the new and old wording for qualification for nationals:   Convention Grand National Invitations   U.S. Invitations         NEW WORDING: Any flier who has competed in an AKA Regional competition during the just completed season is eligible to compete in the AKA Grand National Sport Kite Championships.   OLD WORDING: Convention Grand National […]

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  • Early Registration!

      Greetings everyone! Just wanted to reach out to everyone and remind them that Early Registration is open for the Annual Convention in Ocean City, Maryland.  Hurry and register now, these savings will no longer be available after August 15th.  Head on over to the members only page of to find out how to sign up. […]

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  • Kitebuilding at the AKA Convention

    One of the biggest parts of the AKA Annual Convention is the Kitebuilding Competition. Competitors come from around the country to show off their newest creation and find out who has the best flight, the best stitching, or the best art.  But here are some things you might not know about the Kitebuilding competition. Competitors can […]

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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.