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

  • 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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  • Sport Kite Updates

    From Sport Kite Chair Scott Davis: Showdown Bringing all of the kite flyers to one stage! This new format is exciting. Run like a regular ballet competition with judges and score sheets, but there’s a catch, any number of lines on the kite. Single line, dual line, and quad line mixing it up. No qualifying, […]

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  • July 11th, 2017 Fireside Chat

    Greetings everyone! Summer is in full swing and most of you are out flying kites. On the off chance that you have a few free minutes between swapping out line sets, we wanted to let you know of a few things happening in the coming months. As an avid kite flier or kite builder, you […]

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  • AKA Convention Presenter Feature: Lee Sedgwick.

    Today we have a chat with Lee Sedgwick, kitemaker and flier extraordinaire! Q: Why did you pick to host a workshop/talk about Making and Flying the YFO? People want to know where you can buy a YFO … You can’t so you can make one at the workshop. Q: How many AKA Conventions have you been […]

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  • AKA Convention Presenter Feature: Lindsey Johnson

      (The following was done as an in person interview on the kite field and is a direct transcript of the conversation)   1. Why did you pick to host a workshop FROM SKETCH TO FLIGHT. Because I am special. (Giggle…) No, I just wanted to share how I do things. I wanted to have […]

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  • Some of your Questions

    A few days ago we posted on our Facebook page and asked the members what are some questions they have about the AKA Convention.  Here is a few of the ones along with answers.  By the way, did you know we have a pretty cool FAQ page that answers some common questions we hear. Q: […]

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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.