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#21 Dean750

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 06:29 AM

Yes I am. I even carry my "AKA Certified Kite Pilot" card in my wallet.

(ducks & covers -ready for any & all certified kite pilot digs) ;)



My father and I used to wear The Kite Company hats and shirts with a STACK :P of The Kite Company's (Newport Or.) buisness cards in our pockets when we flew (Dual line). Along with our A.K.A. membership cards.

At least your addiction is kept decreat for the most part :lol:

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 06:56 AM

Both Eliot and I are members, and therefore, Flying Smiles Kites is a merchant member (10% off for members)

CIA kite club, is also a member club ... really a national club with members from coast to coast (not that's a catchy phrase! :innocent: )

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:04 AM

Not being from the States, I have not joined the AKA. Other than discounts at some american kite shops, I'm not sure what the advantage would be to joining the association.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:21 AM

I recently rejoined after about six years absence.

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#25 Jim Foster

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:26 AM

Yes, we are members.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:45 AM

I've been a member for 15 or 16 years, the last 4 or 5 of which have been as a family membership. I think my most recent renewal is good until 2012 or so.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:05 AM

Yes, I am an AKA member.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:05 AM

As many of you know I am a regional director for the A.K.A. and as such I have a question that I would like answered by all the
members of this forum.
1. Are you a member of the A.K.A.?
2. If you are not please tell me why?

Ben,

You've asked a great question ... part of which I've asked myself repeatedly since I started flying kites a little over a year ago.

I have not joined the A.K.A.. The honest answer is that guilt is the only reason I can currently think of to join. Kiting and kiting folks have brought me a ton of enjoyment since I started flying. The family has shared flying tips, building tips, kites, food, shade, etc. ... I really should step up and contribute by joining.

However, nowhere is A.K.A. really pushed or sold. I've never received a sales pitch from my flying friends, local club, merchants or kite manufacturers. With no sales pitch, there's no rush to change the status quo!

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Tom

PS ... Ben, if I find myself staked out in the sun with no food or water at the next club fly, it's your fault!!!

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:26 AM

Barbara and I are both AKA members. We use the sanctioning for our local kite club's events, enjoy the magazine and take full advantage of the membership's discount whenever possible. We would be willing to do more as volunteers within the organization if we didn't have such demanding full time jobs!



Yes, yes....echo what REVflyer said....Joyce and I are both members. You go, Region 12, boyeeee! ;) :)
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#30 awindofchange

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:50 AM

Yes, I am a current AKA Member and A Wind Of Change is an authorized Member Merchant - offering discounts to all current AKA members.

IMO, the magazine alone is well worth the membership price - think of it as a yearly magazine subscription about a hobby you love - with benefits! :)

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 12:17 PM

I am a member of AKA. I joined recently after getting back into kiting this year after a long hiatus. I think it is a good organization. The reason I got restarted is my son was interested (got me into Revs) and now my daughter is interested.

I'd like to see AKA cater more to younger fliers. Nationals take place during the middle of the school year, during the week. It makes it difficult for anyone in school to compete. Also, could there be a student membership rate with an online magazine only?

I've attended a number of Midwest festivals this year and other than one with a competition, the AKA visual presence seemed understated. Other than announcements, I'm not sure the general public attendees know why they should be interested in AKA. Should AKA print business cards with info on website, activities, etc and send to festival organizers or local clubs to hand out at festivals and club flies?

John

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 01:00 PM

Hi Ben,
Great Idea... ty for making it happen.
I am a member for a number of reasons.. the first one being that I have learned so much from so many people involved.. John B and Carl Braigel being some of the first fliers I met ... the story goes on, and I have had many great experiences with new fliers, kite makers and great people in general.

Hope to see some of you soon. I will have information and membership forms at Lincoln City this weekend for those of you interested.
And those of you that know me know I am not a hard sell. It is of course at your discretion. I do have copies of the AKA Magazine as well .

Amy

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 01:06 PM

Not a member.

Don't really feel there is anything I would get out of it that I can't already get here or on the Internet in general. I do not subscribe to any paper magazines anymore for the same reason. No time to read them, saving a tree.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:42 PM

I've been a member on and off since 1979 or so,

member #110883

had to post first to get member#

Edited by kiteking, 08 October 2009 - 02:44 PM.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 03:03 PM

Ben,

However, nowhere is A.K.A. really pushed or sold. I've never received a sales pitch from my flying friends, local club, merchants or kite manufacturers. With no sales pitch, there's no rush to change the status quo!


Just read this and thought I would respond to it also, I have been purchasing kites since the late 70's. I recently was going through my bag of Documentation, and came across numerous post cards for joining the AKA. They used to be inside each kite, it would typically be included along with a safety/field card. I also remember that if you were buying a kite at "Windborne Kites", Corey would definitely push the AKA. In some cases the amount spent on membership would be less that the discount you received as a member.

Ben, maybe this could be addressed at the convention coming up.

I believe there is more to membership than the magazine, though it is always a welcome addition to my (bathroom stack) library
Wind to your back, Kite in the air.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 03:16 PM

(1) Like Baloo, not a member.

(2) I could join as an International member of course and the magazine is a fine read, but I believe priority has to be to given to my local (national) group in the first instance - the Kite Society of Great Britain in my case - as they deliver a few festivals (such as Portsmouth) which need ongoing support and encouragement.


Despite that, I think it would be entirely appropriate for AKA to operate an area on this forum to actively engage with the 'dark side', should they wish to do so. :big_starwars:
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:13 PM

Yup - I and wife count as two more members.

I'm hoping that AKA can grow the hobby and the sport.
-Howard
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:37 PM

Hi Ben-
Yup... joined in the end of 2007 when someone saw me flying SLK's and we started talking. He mentioned AKA (I had never heard of it). Joined and figured I'd try to learn how to fly the big stuff. Brad had posted about the East Coast Rev Clinic (which I was guessing had to do with big kites :blushing: ) That's how I found out about Revs!!!!
So, without AKA, I don't know when or if I would have come across these beauties and so many great people :wub: !!!!
Thanks, AKA.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 09:50 PM

Yes, we are both members. Love the discounts and Kiting magazine :P :P
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:11 AM

Nope,Not a member

Have a club and other memberships that offer a similar ,more local intrest.

I have read on Occasion the AKA Mag.Via a freind sending them.Looks great.

A Rev club with Insurance,Rev members Only,discounts,News,a mag,would be the way togo for my 2peneth.

BRIAN...




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