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

  • NEWS: Age-old hobby gives new generation of fans a lift

    For Full article including photos, go to: Kites: Age-old hobby gives new generation of fans a lift By MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON Yesterday When Kay and Larry Day came across a kite shop while vacationing in Wisconsin nearly two decades ago, they decided to buy kites for their grandchildren. On a whim, Larry bought one for […]

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  • AKA Feature Flier – Dave Colbert

    Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am Dave Colbert, I have been flying and building kites since 1988. I now reside with my sweet wife in Ocean Park Washington. Not sure there is anything special about me but I love kites and love to show others how to build their own creations Why did […]

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  • AKA Convention 2003 – Dayton, Ohio

    Thanks to Kurtis Jones for this archive video from the annual convention in 2003! AKA Dayton Ohio 2003 from Kurtis Jones on Vimeo.

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    AKA Featured Flier – Mohammed Sahir Manningal

      Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m Mohammed Sahir Manningal, a kiter from the God’s own Country Kerala, India. Kite flying is my passion and I organize kite festivals regionally and internationally to promote kiting among public. Why did you join the AKA? To make more interactions with expert kite flyers and share my experiences […]

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  • Performance with flair,Or one that’s mundane.You get what you give,And some get insane.

    AKA Featured Flier – Joe Eyman

    Tell us a little bit about yourself: 60 trips around the sun 🌞, I’m Joe Eyman. I occupy a home in Colorful Colorado! I’ve competed once, Treasure Island! Kites started as physical therapy for me and almost twenty Kites later, I’m looking for just one more! 😆 Why did you join the AKA? Kites, Kites’s and more […]

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  • AKA Featured Flier – Ron Berkhout

    Tell us a little bit about yourself:  I am Ron berkhout from The Netherlands. Had my moment of fame in the 90’s with my Hot Pepper kites at Invento HQ. I am planning to come back with a new Hot Pepper kite. I sold my complete kite collection to buy, trade and collect all pre 2000 […]

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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.

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