If you're not a member of the AKA, you might not know what's going on at convention. In addition to spending a week flying with your friends and competing or watching competitions, there are a bunch of free workshops.
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A First Timers Introduction to the Convention
Dick & Sis Vogel Tuesday 9:00 – 10:15
Is this your first AKA Convention? Has it been some time since you attended convention? Have you attended before but don't know many others who are here? Have you attended conventions before and would like to help new and returning attendees learn the "ins & outs / ups & downs" of this terrific gathering of kite fliers? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, PLEASE JOIN US for an opportunity to meet other kite fliers and to hear ways to get the most from a convention experience!!
Chet Snouffer Tuesday 10:30 – 11:45
Three time World Champion boomerang thrower and AKA member Chet Snouffer brings us the latest in boomerang design, throwing techniques and tips in a fast-paced and hilarious presentation! Kites and boomerangs are sister sports sharing ancient histories, a love for the wind, and an appreciation of nature. Plus, it's STUFF THAT FLIES!!
Brainstorming Innovative Ideas for your Convention
Saturday 10:30 – 11:45
Would you like to see different things/activities at the Convention? Have ideas? Join others at this workshop to brainstorm what might be possible.
Conducting Children’s Kite Workshops
Saturday 10:30 – 11:45
Share your love of kites with a new generation. Learn tips for doing workshops with all age groups. Various patterns will be discussed. Your input is welcome.
Decoration of Ripstop with Appliqué (THIS CLASS IS FULL)
Olivier Reymond Wednesday 9:00 – 11:45
This workshop is aimed toward kite makers who would like to decorate ripstop kites with some more complicated designs. Contrary to other techniques, this one is based on straight stitching and not zigzag. All the steps from the original picture to the final result will be shown and discussed. This will be a hands-on class. Kites made with this appliqué technique can be seen here:
Class size is limited to 8 people. Pre-registration is required for this class.
Drachen Foundation Website Introduction
Wednesday 10:30 – 11:45
Join Scott Skinner, president of the Drachen Foundation, in exploring the new Drachen Foundation website. Learn the ins and outs of navigating this huge site, especially if you are an educator. See how you can contribute to the world's largest online kite collection with your own kite profile. (We will demonstrate the new Post and Share upload template!) Learn the Foundation's plans for the next ten years.
Getting Creative: Getting a New Concept Into the Sky
Friday 9:00 – 10:15
The 2010 AKA Grand Champion kite maker will discuss some of the various processes he uses to take a new design from a purely hypothetical idea to a flying object. Topics covered will include basic structural and aero dynamical analysis, CAD modeling, plan construction, and some thoughts on what sail materials and spars are best in different types of applications
I’ve Never Flown a Fighter Kite
Bruce Jarvie & Andy Selzer Tuesday 10:30 – 11:45 Field 1
Introduction to Fighter Kite Flying Workshop: This workshop is your chance to find out how to fly those pesky little Fighter Kites. Friendly, helpful members of the Fighter Kite Committee will be on the field to answer your questions and help get you started. Loaner kites will be available if you don’t have a kite of your own.
Judging Handmade Kites: After the Competition
Steve Ferrel & Co. Saturday 9:00 – 10:15
There will be a symposium prior to the competition with a question and answer session on what the judges are looking for when judging. This is a follow-up after the competition on how the competition went and a question and answer session for the competitors. Members of the Kite makers’ Competition Committee, as well as judges, will be in attendance to help answer your questions.
Judging Handmade Kites: Before the Competition
Steve Ferrel & Co. Wednesday 9:00 – 10:15
This is a symposium prior to the competition with a question and answer session on what the judges are looking for when judging. A follow-up after the competition on how the competition went and a question and answer session for the competitions will be held on Saturday. Members of the Kite makers’ Competition Committee, as well as Judges, will be in attendance to help answer your questions.
Kite Art: Using Kites to Educate and Amaze
Glenn Davison Saturday 9:00 – 10:15
Talking about kites in a school, library, museum, scouts or classroom can be a wonderful adventure for you and for those you visit. It should be more than just educational, it should be amazing and fun. Join us for a slide show and talk by Glenn Davison. Glenn is the editor of the book, "Kites in the Classroom" and Chairman of the AKA Kite Education Committee. He has visited dozens of venues where the students have been amazed and amused. One bus driver said, "I haven't seen the kids this excited since the last day of school!
Kite Building using a Unique Paper Technique
Ron Petralito Wednesday 9:00 – 10:15
This technique of kite building utilizes readily available paper or plastic sheeting which is connected using a variety of adhesive tapes employing a system that I call the “KOI” method of detailing. Using this method, unlike other taping systems, you will be able to produce kites with little or no tape showing on the face of the sail. My emphasis is on the construction of unique or conventional kite designs using techniques that are quick and easy to master and materials that are all locally obtainable. Since I maintain a willingness to cut off, add to or otherwise alter my original designs I have developed this unique system which lends itself to all these possibilities.
Kite Surfing 101
Thursday 9:00 – 11:45 Field 1
Learn the basics of traction kiting on water with this beginner's clinic. You'll learn about the kites, control bars, lines, and safety gear necessary, and fly small trainer kites on the beach. (There will be no actual kite surfing in this workshop.)
Let’s Talk Knock-Offs
Ben Dantonio Saturday 9:00 – 10:15
Lets talk knock offs and the companies who are doing it. Ben shares his feelings on the problem and what can be done to combat it on our end. Also what the knock-offs mean to this sport as seen by a manufacture and flier.
Make a Comeback
Chet Snouffer Friday 10:30 – 11:45
Boomerang Workshop with World Champion Chet Snouffer! Participants will make their own boomerang to keep at this workshop! Limited to 25 participants.
Make a miniature kite
Susan Skinner Wednesday 10:30 – 11:45
Make a "frameless" diamond miniature kite of the AKA logo. This kite is made from all tissue paper using a glue stick. Easy to make, with easy to find materials so you can make more after you go home. All materials and supplies provided for the class. Limited to 24 participants
Make and Take Fighter Workshop
Andrew Selzer and the Bandana Gang Thursday 9:00 – 11:45
This year’s model will be a good beginner’s and low wind fighter kite; simply titled Mark’s kite, this kite features a lightweight Orcon sail with a bamboo spine and .050 graphite bow. It is a no-sew design using contact cement, super glue, and Orcon tape. In 2006, at Des Moines, this design went from the classroom to the field and won the Novice Line touch competition. Andy hopes you enjoy making this kite and if you need help in learning to fly, please ask any fighter kite flyer.
Making a Simple KAP Rig From Kite Making Materials
Dave Wheeler Friday 10:30 – 11:45
Learn how to make a simple KAP rig from kite fabric, line, sticks, tape and a few household items. Dave Wheeler is chair of the Best Aerial Photo award and has had extensive experience in KAP flying.
No Sew Kite Making Technique
Tuesday 9:00 – 10:15
Dick will demonstrate how to apply 3M VHB tape and make a smooth, straight seam. Then he will expand that skill to apply an appliqué. Next he will demonstrate the most difficult skill, making a hem. Then you can grab some practice materials and try the hemming yourself.
Rev Kites 101
Thursday 10:30 – 11:45 (Field 1)
Essential introduction to tuning and flight techniques for Revolution kites, this outdoor workshop will focus on flight skills, handling your equipment (sails, frames, lines) and anything else which may help you get more enjoyment out of your Rev kites and spend more time in the air.
Small Banner Workshop
Tuesday 9:00 – 11:45
Take home your new Jersey-style banner in this make-and-take workshop. All materials will be provided (bring your own sewing machine) to build this 4' banner that you can personalize with your own artwork. $20 materials fee payable during workshop. Preregistration required.
Sport Kite Symposium
Ann Vondriska Thursday 9:00 – 10:15
All sport kite enthusiasts are welcome to attend this round table discussion on topics including competition rules (and recent changes), conference scoring, judging, and ideas for growing the sport. Sport Kite Chair will be the moderator of the panel, which includes Conference Commissioners, Sport Kite Committee members, and a couple of representatives from the International Rules committee. Suggestions and ideas from this symposium are raised to the International Rules committee and frequently incorporated into the AKA Sport Rules Addendum.
Starting a Kite Business
David Gomberg Friday 9:00 – 10:15
At what point does a hobby become an enterprise? What do you need to do to be considered seriously in the trade? Former KTA President David Gomberg will talk about the challenges and complexities of operating a wholesale or retail kite business. Possible topics include production domestically or overseas, resources and suppliers, taxes, licenses, and import fees.
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