Gary Engvall's Kite Site

What's going on? Click here for a Google Kite Events Calendar. Or, Click here for a Kite Events List.

Click here for a kite slideshow.

The American Kitefliers Association

Click here to watch AKA Past President Nic O'Neill's TED presentation.

AKA Region 1 Facebook Page

AKA Significant Dates 2019:

 Tuesday, January 15, 2019
 KITING deadline (Spring Issue)   
 Sunday, January 27-31, 2019 KTAI 
 Monday, April 15, 2019
 KITING deadline (Summer Issue)   
 Wednesday, July 10, 2019  
 Nominations requested Annual Meeting minus 90 days
 Monday, July 15, 2019 KITING deadline (Fall Issue) 
 Saturday, August 12, 2018 Nominations Due Back   
 Annual Meeting minus 60 days
 Friday, August 12, 2019 Begin Ingraham, Toy, Edeiken Awards Process Annual Meeting minus 60 days
 Saturday, August 24, 2019 Ballots Sent Out Annual Meeting minus 45 days
 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Ingraham, Toy, Edeiken Awards – Final Selection Annual Meeting minus 21 days
 Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Ballots Due Back Annual Meeting minus 7 days
 Tuesday, October 08, 2019 2019 AKA Annual Meeting   
 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 2018 Board takes office. 2 weeks after Annual Meeting.
 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 KITING deadline (Winter Issue)

Is your AKA Regional Director up for election this year? When are AKA Regional Directors elected?
It is in the AKA BylawsARTICLE IV.  BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Section 7.  Terms of Office.

The term of office for a Regional Director shall be three (3) years, beginning fourteen (14) days after the close of the Annual Meeting and continue through to fourteen (14) days after the close of the third (3rd) subsequent Annual Meeting.  Elections shall be held for Regional Directors from Domestic Regions 1, 2, 3, and 4 in years divisible by 3 with no remainder, from Domestic Regions 5, 6, 7, and 8 in years divisible by 3 with 1 remainder, and from the International Region and Domestic Regions 9, 10, 11, and 12 in years divisible by 3 with 2 remainder.  Only members from each region may vote for their Regional Director. 

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What have I been up to?


Delta Kite

Hammonasset Kite Festival
Look for a return of the Festival in 2017. The fields are under construction.

Video of Hammonasset 2014 courtesy of Billy Echevarria.

Video of highlights from 2013, courtesy of Ray Hilson.

Kitt Kites Kite Store
Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Ave, Newport, RI 02840

Kite Videos:
I have put some kite videos up on YouTube.

Sewing Machine
Shirone Kite Battles 2 National Geographic Weather Channel Commercial Kite Buggy

KITE KNOTS: Are you knotty? Click here to learn the most useful Kite Knots.

Kinko's Sled kite plan
How to make a great flying kite out of a bag from FedEx Kinko's.

If you met us at one of our kite making workshops for kids,
here are the Plans for making the Polymorphic (Sled) Kite:

Making the Wonderful Polymorphic Kite

Kitt Kites
Brenton Point State Park

Ocean Drive, Newport, RI

Other online Kite Stores:

Kitty Hawk Kites

The Kite Loft

Into the Wind

Gone With the Wind

Where to get Kite Making supplies:


Kites and Fun Things

Where to get the Giant Peter Lynn Show Kites:

Peter Lynn Giant Show Kites Gomberg Kite Productions International

Kite Forums
Kite Forums are great for talking about kite flying and kite making.

Kitebuilder Gone With The Wind Revolution Fighter Kite Central

If you are looking for information about any kinds of kites,
we hope we have a way to find the information here.
If you don't find what you are looking for, please e-mail me and I can try to point you in the right direction:
E-mail: gengvall@cox.net
E-mail Maggie at: maggiekite@cox.net

Kite Plans Pages

6 Foot Rokkaku

Kinko's Bag Sled Kite

Kite Making Books

Catherine's Wheel

Circoflex Plans


Bol - Johannesen

Kite Sewing 101

Kite Knots

Other great sources of kite making information:

Kite Builders Forum:
a great place to learn
how to make kites.

Pete Peters
terrific Plans site.

Peter deJong Plans site


Super-duper kite sites for KIDS !!!

David Ellis' Resource Page


The picture to the left is of a (Samuel Franklin) Cody War Box kite that I made. It was the first time I had attempted to make something that size without any plans. It is built around S.F.Cody's favorite measurement, 6. It is 6 feet long, front to back, with a 6 inch "rake" or forward lean. Each box is 2 x 2, making the main Box kite 4 feet wide, 2 feet tall, and 6 feet long. Each portion of wing is 2 feet wide, making each wing tip 5 feet away from the box, for a total wingspread of 14 feet. The material is 3/4 ounce Icarex (polyester). The longerons are K-75 fiberglass, and the cross sticks are FL-505 fiberglass. All of the fittings are ABS plastic rod cut to length, center drilled for sticks, and cross drilled for line.

NOTE: I am frequently asked for plans for this Cody Kite. I want to make it clear: There aren't any plans! Yes, I made templates and yes, those have been occasionally loaned out so other people could make this kite. But I simply didn't make any when I made the kite.

Photo above by Alice Hayden

I make a lot of kites, single line and dual line. Will fly quad (4) line kites under duress. I also make and fly fighters and rokkaku's.

If you are looking to get together with other Kiters in the Northeast USA, The ConnectiKITERS is a very active Kite Club that would love to hear from you.
Clicking here, ConnectiKITERS , will take you to their web page.

Another very active northeastern USA kite club is the New York Kite Enthusiasts.
They are located mostly around Albany, NY.

Maggie & Gary Engvall
Gary E-mail: gengvall@cox.net
Maggie E-mail: maggiekite@cox.net