The Air Acolytes were founded in 101 ASC from the members of the Official Avatar Aang Fan Club. Aang himself taught the members of the group the ways of the Air Nomads, and eventually dubbed them the "Air Acolytes" rather than simply a fan club. The Acolytes' numbers eventually grew, and they lived in the four ancient air temples, the restoration of which Aang spearheaded.
The Acolytes were on Air Temple Island upon Korra's arrival, and they later assisted Tenzin in reconstructing the two-thousand-year-old airbending gates after Korra destroyed them during her airbending training. When Mako, Bolin, and Asami were rendered homeless, some of the Air Acolytes assisted them with moving to Air Temple Island, piloting the Air Temple Island ferry and transferring all of their luggage off the boat and into their rooms, gaining Asami's praise as "amazing" and "tireless workers".
Two Air Acolytes later helped Pema when she was giving birth to her fourth child, Rohan. Shortly thereafter, they evacuated the island via flying bison in response to the Equalistattack on Republic City.
When Tenzin, his siblings, and family arrived at the Southern Air Temple in 171 ASC, Abbot Shung and the acolytes helped them unpack their things and gave both Tenzin and Pema gifts for giving the airbenders new life. A female acolyte confused Kya and Bumi for airbenders as well, only to be promptly corrected by the former.
Male Air Acolytes wear yellow robes with a red sash, while female members wear red robes with a yellow sash. However, Abbot Shung, despite being a male Air Acolyte, also wears a red robe with a yellow sash.
Male Air Acolytes either completely or partially shave their heads even though they do not receive customary Air Nomad tattoos. Most female Air Acolytes, however, do not partially shave their heads as female Air Nomads did.
Although the Air Acolytes carry on many of the traditions of the Air Nomads, they do not observe the practice of gender segregation to the same extent, as while they have separate areas for personal use, both males and females inhabit each air temple.