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

  • AKA Convention Presenter Feature: Scott Davis

    Q: Why did you pick to host a symposium for the AKA Sport Kite Committee? I’m the chairman of the committee and I look forward to receiving input. Q: How many AKA Conventions have you been to? My first convention was in 2000. I think I’ve been to more than I’ve miss since then. Q: […]

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  • 2017 AKA Convention Workshop Schedule

    AKA Workshop Schedule Ocean City, MD  October 10-14, 2017   Please note: All workshops are free to registered participants of the AKA Convention.  All workshop presenters are volunteers and donate their time for free.  In some classes, there may be a charge for materials but purchase is not required to sit in the classroom. There […]

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  • More to do in Ocean City?

    Are you planning on going to the AKA Convention? While we know everyone is coming for the kites and the kite community, we also know sometimes you need a break and want to do something else.  Here are a few suggestions of other things to see in do in Ocean City care of our friends […]

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  • 2017 AKA Convention Interview – Carol Pittman

    We have interviewed Carol Pittman before, but it has always been with her partner Cass.  This time we were able to get an interview with just her!  Don’t worry, there is still a lot of love for Cass and we know everyone is looking forward to this dynamic duo doing their thing at the AKA […]

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  • AKA Convention Vendor Spotlight – HQ Kites

      1. Name of your company, and who you are: Chris Shultz of HQ Kites & Designs USA. I’ve been an AKA member since 1989. Soon to be updated ( 2. Where are you located? Our office and warehouse is located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, in the hamlet of Powells Point. I live nearby […]

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  • Loik is going to the Convention, are you?

    1. Tell me about yourself:  I am in the kite world since almost 28 years and have designed most of my kites. I am always looking for new shapes and like to use various colors as shown on recently taken pictures attached. I leave in France, in the South suburb of Paris. It is not easy […]

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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.