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

  • 2018 AKA Convention Daily Activities

    THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DAILY FLYING ACTIVITIES DAILY MASS ASCENSIONS Every day at 1 pm, we have Mass Ascension. This is where everyone on the field is flying the same kind of kite. All registered Convention attendees are invited to participate. This year Shreveport is inviting the public out for “Lunch on the Lawn” in […]

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  • 2018 AKA Convention Workshops Schedule

    GO TO WORKSHOPS IN THE MORNING, FLY ALL AFTERNOON, AND HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS IN THE EVENING. WHAT COULD BE BETTER?   WORKSHOPS (Schedule subject to change):   Tuesday, October 16   9:00-10:15 AM Ron Ortega, BUBBLES, BUBBLES, BUBBLES: No matter how much we focus on kites, the kids are fascinated by the bubbles drifting […]

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  • Elections and Awards

    It is that time of the year again!!!  Time to elect new leaders of our great organization, and time to recognize those that have dedicated their time and service to the AKA. Ballots were mailed out by September 1st, and you should be seeing them in your mailboxes this week.   Elections You can find statements of […]

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  • 2019 Candidate Statements

    President nominations Nic O’Neill From the start I knew that if I committed myself to this, it would not be something that I could realistically finish in a single year. With so much history, and the changing landscape outside of the AKA it was imperative that a full multi-year plan be formulated before I threw […]

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  • 2018 Annual Auction!

    Just a few of the kites that will be up for Auction at the AKA Annual Convention in Shreveport, Louisiana October 15th-21st.  While there will not be online bidding, if you see something that you would like to bid on, and have a friend that is attending, you should let them know and they can […]

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  • Sport Kite Figures for the 2018 AKA Grand National Championship

    For the FULL listing of all compulsories, click here This is the list of compulsories for the 2018 AKA Grand National Sport Kite Championship in Shreveport, Louisiana. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE A LARGER VERSION AND THE DESCRIPTION NIP DI 07 – Jump DI 15 – LSI DI 17 – Wedge   EIP   […]

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What type of kite activity are you interested in?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Kite Making

Whether you use classic materials like paper and wood or delve into modern materials, the artistic and design possibilities are endless.
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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.
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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.
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Competition

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.
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Indoor Kiting

Using one, two or four strings, indoor kites are specially designed to fly with simple movement indoors, without any wind at all.
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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.

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