AKA Annual Convention

The 37th AKA Annual Convention will be held in Outer Banks, NC on Sep 29th to Oct 4th, 2014!

Register for the 2014 Annual Convention (secure)

This years Convention will be held Mon-Sat!

The birthplace of American aviation, Outer Banks has been host to the Wright Brothers, Paul Garber and a ton of kite notables and events over the years.

General Attractions:

http://www.nagsheadguide.com/attractions/

Airports:

Norfolk Intl – ORF (87 miles)
Newport News/Williamsburg Intl – PHF (113 miles)
Dare County Regional – MEO (12 miles)

During this week, AKA will have flying exhibits open to viewing by the public including mass ascensions each day with 100 or more of the same style of kite and sport kite competitions with competitors flying their kites in intricate patterns or making them dance to music.  Kite makers will bring their flying artwork to be judged for beauty in the air and the finer points of construction.  Battles will be held with large Rokkaku kites and smaller fighter kites and there will be indoor kite flying showing kites that fly without any wind at all.

One-of-a-kind flying art by builders from all over the USA, Europe, and the Orient will be flying and competing for Grand Champion honors.  Miniature kites will be on display, some less than one inch in their longest dimension.  The largest kites in the sky may be up to 20 feet wide and 100 feet long.

Site bids are being accepted for 2016 (western).

Convention Headquarters

You are encouraged to stay at:

Comfort Inn South Oceanfront
8031 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd
Nags Head, NC, 27959
‎1-252-441-6315

** To receive the special rate, call the number above and reference the American Kitefliers Association convention Sep 29 through Oct 5.

Activities and Schedule for AKA Convention 2014

THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

During the convention changes will be posted at Registration, and on the flying field whenever possible. HOWEVER it is the responsibility of competitors to be in the right place and ready to participate in the respective workshops and competitive events at the appropriate time.

Monday, September 29

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Registration

Comfort Inn Lobby

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Auction Receiving

Comfort Inn Lobby

4:00:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Hosted by HQ Kites (see the ad in the Sumer 2014 Kiting)

Blue Crab Tavern

1180 Colington Rd Kill Devil Hills, NC

Tuesday, September 30

8:00 am – noon

Registration

Comfort Inn Lobby

Auction Receiving

Ballroom

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Board of Directors Meeting

Ship’s Mate

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Workshop – First Time at a Convention

Ballroom

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Workshop – Quad Effect

Neptune Room

Workshop – Cocktail Napkin Kites

Ballroom

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Mass Ascensions – Soft Kites

Field 1 – Event Site

Bag Raffle Set-up

Ship’s Mate

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sport Kite Competition (NIB, EIB, EMP, CPP, CTP, MMP)

Field 1

Fighters – Novice & Experienced Skills

Field 2

Big Kites

Field 3

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Indoor Practice

First Flight Middle School

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Indoor Competition and demonstrations

First Flight Middle School

Wednesday, October 1

8:00 am – noon

Registration

Comfort Inn Lobby

Auction Receiving

Ballroom

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Bag Raffle

Ship’s Mate

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Kitebuilders – Before the Competition

Ballroom

Generating New Flyers

Neptune Room

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Workshop – KAP intro to Equipment

Neptune Room

11:30 am – noon

Sport Kite “Ground judging”

Ballroom

noon – 12:30

Fighter Kite “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Mass Ascensions – Sport Kites

Field 1 – Event Site

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Sky Display “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Figure Kites “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Delta/Delta Derivative “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Flat Kites “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Bowed Kites “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Rokkakus “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Cellular & Dimensional Kites “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Soft & Flexible Kites “Ground Judging”

Ballroom

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sport Kite Competition (MIB, EMB, OIOU, EIP, NIP, OPMP)

Field 1

Fighters – Novice Line Touch

Field 2

Big Kites

Field 3

KAP Picture Taking session

Location to be determined

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Annual Business Meeting

Neptune Room

Thursday, October 2

8:00 am – noon

Registration

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Bag Raffle

Ship’s Mate

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Sport Kite Symposium

Neptune Room

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Workshop – Miniature Hargrave Box Kite

Ballroom

Kiteboarding

at The Event Site

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Workshop – Night Kites

Neptune Room

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Mass Ascensions – Cellular Kites

Field 1 – Event Site

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kite Builders Flying competition

Field 1 & 2

Arches & Ribbons (Flight & Ground)

Field 1

Stunt/Sport Kites

Field 2

Fighter Kites followed by a break for Mass Ascensions

Field 1

Sky Display

Field 2

Figure Kites

Field 1

Delta/Delta Derivative Kites

Field 2

Flat Kites

Field 1

Bowed Kites

Field 2

Rokkakus

Field 1

Cellular & Dimensional Kites

Field 2

Soft & Flexible kites

Field 1

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Big Kites

Field 3

Fighters

On the Beach outside the Host Hotel

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Flymart

Neptune Room

Pin and Miniature Kite Challenges

Spirit Cove

Kite Art Gallery

Ballroom

Kite-athalon

Ballroom

Kitty Hawk Kites Reception

Ballroom

Friday, October 3

8:00 am – noon

Registration

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Bag Raffle

Ship’s Mate

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Kite Builders – After the Competition

Ballroom

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Workshop – Everything but the Kite

Ballroom

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Mass Ascensions – Rokkaku and Fighter Kites

Field 1 – Event Site

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sport Kite Competition (CPB, CTB, MMB, OPMB, MIP)

Field 1

Fighters – Experienced Line Touch

Field 2

Big Kites

Field 3

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Auction Set-up

Ballroom

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Social “hour” and Silent Auction

Ballroom

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Banquet and Auction

Ballroom

Saturday, October 4

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Festival on the Beach

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Ground Display set-up

On the Beach outside the Host Hotel

10:00 am – ?

Rokkaku Battles

Field 3

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ground Display viewing

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Mass Ascension – Deltas

Field 1

11:30 am – noon

Butterfly Migration

Field 2

noon – 12:30

Angel Fly

Field 1

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Mass Ascension – 50 years of Kiting

Field 2

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Peoples Choice Kite – Flying

Field 3

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Social “hour” and People’s Choice voting

Ballroom

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Banquet and Awards

Ballroom

Registration

Basic Registration

Includes one Saturday banquet, one Sunday banquet, one patch and admission to all convention events.

Early Registration (postmark by August 16th) : $189

Regular Registration (postmark by September 13th) : $215

Late Registration (after September 13th, door only) : $240

One-Day Registration

Includes admission to all of that day’s scheduled events with the exception of competitions and banquets.  Banquet tickets may be purchased separately. Only full convention registrants are allowed to compete in trophy or Grand National Competitions.

Early Registration One-Day Registrations (postmarked by August 16th) : $40
Regular One-Day Registrations : $45

Child Discount

Registrants under 15 years not participating in the Grand National Competitions are entitled to a 20% discount.

Banquet Tickets

Basic registration includes a ticket to each of two banquets.  If you have guests attending the banquets, you may buy additional tickets for $35, depending on the day.  Because we must order the number of dinners in advance, extra banquet tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable.

Refunds

AKA’s refund policy states that any registration cancelled prior to September 15 will be refunded less $20 processing fee.  There will be no refunds after September 15.

Images from previous conventions

What Is the Convention?

The AKA Convention is an annual five day gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The Convention ranks as one of the largest kite gatherings in the world. Convention activities include educational workshops, games, displays, and the Grand National kite competitions for kite making and sport kite flying. Committee and general business meetings are scheduled. Other highlights are the Great Kite Auction which offers unique and hard to get kite products and a retail FlyMarket for small vendors. The Convention is held in different locations each year and is scheduled in September or October. The gathering is only open to AKA members.

What does the Convention Cost?

In order to attend an AKA Convention, an individual must be a current member and be officially registered for the event.

The price of registration varies from year to year but is generally around $200-$250, determined by dividing the convention expenses by the expected number of attendees.  All costs of presenting an annual convention are paid from registration fees and are not subsidized by membership dues.  Costs may include receptions and banquets, room rentals, registration supplies, management and equipment such as stages and sound systems.

Lower fees are available to early registrants and late fees are charged after scheduled deadlines.
All deadlines are published with registration forms in AKA’s newsletter, Kiting.

For more information about the Annual Convention contact our convention manager at convention@aka.kite.org

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