World Wide KAP Weekend.

Those of you who browse the KAP Discussion Group will be aware that most years since 2008, group participants have taken part in a weekend of communial KAP wherever they may be.

The original idea for this event came from Kappix Ramon (Ramon Pallares) as he is known to the group. The late Simon Harbord suggested that a book be made of the photos and yours truely edited the first edition. Most years since there has been an event and a book.

The best thing to do to see if there is a KAP weekend or indeed any meeting is to refer to the KAP Discussion Group.


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Missed out on the original WWKW Book? You can see an online version Opens a new window, big file 24mb.

Basic Kites Rules

The basic height rules for kite flying as outlined in the UK's Rule of the Air are:-

Maximum flying height is 200 feet (60 metres) above ground level.

Within the vicinity of a CAA licensed aerodrome the maximum height is 100 feet (30 metres). The Air Navigation Order defines the vicinty of an aerodrome as being 1.5 nautical miles from the aerodrome's reference point. Regarding the UK's larger airports the rule of thumb for KAP is to try and avoid flying anywhere near. Even if you observe the rules there is the security side of things which may well cause you unwanted attention.

KAP Discussion Group

The KAP Discussion Group is the brainchild of Cris Benton. Cris is a supremely accomplished KAPper not only from the photographic aspect but also from the history, KAP equipment, research and through the countless publications he has done.

The Group can accessed

Need to exceed 200 feet ?


If there is a need to exceed the 200 feet agl limit imposed on kite flying then the answer is to apply for a permit to exceed.

The process is relatively simple and you can with certain provisos have the permit for a period of time. The CAA realise that weather conditions naturally play a huge part in being able to fly kites, so they are ameanable to extended periods. All the other kite flying regulations apply (night flying requires additional rules) and they will inform other agencies who they consider should know of your activity. There will also be, depending on where you are flying, a procedure you must undertake to notify usually NATS before your intended flight time. Naturally notification at the end of flying is also required.

KAP Permit PDF
KAP Permit Pages (Mac)
KAP Permit DOC