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

  • Fireside Chat June 2017

    We are 100% fully in the swing of summer! Are you excited? Are you planning on filling every single day with a kite related activity? This will be a short note to say that while you are out having fun, don’t forget that there are some great things happening in the fall that you should […]

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  • Thank You

    WOW!!! Thank you to everyone the supported the AKA t-shirt Fundraiser. The shirt orders are going to print right now and you should see them in your mailbox in the next two weeks!   A super big thank you to: Larry, Steven, Gerald, Nic, Seth, Susan, Thomas, Heather, Preston, Rod, Pam, Felicia, Mary, Gerald, Jeffrey, […]

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  • 2017 AKA Convention Registration is Open!

    Registration is open online for the Annual Convention! Register now and take advantage of the early registration savings! Sign on to the members only page of and follow the instructions.

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  • 2017 AKA Convention Information

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  • Updates for Sport Kite fliers

    The International SportKite Rule Book Committee (IRBC) has now incorporated all the feedback received during the earlier consultation period to 28 February 2017. These are now available for download at IRBC now regards ISK Rule Books Editions 3.0 as effective from sportkite competition seasons commencing on or after 01 April 2017 unless otherwise stated […]

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  • AKA T-Shirt Fundraiser

    The AKA is having another T-shirt Fundraiser! Now is the time to place your order for one of these limited edition t-shirts. You have until June 12th to place your order.  

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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.