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Kevin Karpé

Kevin Karpe

Professional Organizations

2020-Present: Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association


2019-Present: City of San Marcos Representative to the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee. Appointed by the San Diego County Supervisor to District 5


2019: San Marcos Community Oversight Committee member for the administration of Municipal Bonds. Appointed by the San Marcos Unified School District Board of Directors


2019: Alternate on the San Marcos General Plan Committee. Appointed by the San Marcos City Council


2018-Present: Southern California Aviation Association member


2010-Present: FAA Manager's Association member | Vice President Chapter 290, 2014-2016


1988-1996: National Air Traffic Controller's Association | Facility Representative 1992-1994

Kevin Karpé is the owner of Diverse Vector Aviation Consulting LLC (DVAC), a Veteran Owned Small Business, which he founded in 2018. His company provides aviation expertise to clients in the areas of Air Traffic Control (ATC), airspace and procedures design and assessment, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), including Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM), Urban Air Mobility (UAM), municipality support, Expert Witness services for litigation. 


Prior to founding DVAC he spent 31 years with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Mr. Karpé was a frontline Air Traffic Controller and Supervisor for many years before he was selected for upper managerial positions. Mr. Karpé has held the position of Operations Manager, Support Manager, and Assistant Air Traffic Manager/Staff Manager at Southern California TRACON (SCT), the busiest facility of its type in the nation. SCT provides approach control services to 51 airports, covering more than 13,000 square miles of airspace, which contains 2 Class B, 4 Class C, numerous Class D airspace areas, as well as Class E and G, along with military operating areas, and an international border. 


Mr. Karpé has held the position of Air Traffic Manager of Gillespie Field and Montgomery Field Airport Traffic Control Towers and was the day-shift supervisor at San Diego Lindbergh Field Tower on 9/11. He has provided leadership and support for many NexGen initiatives within the Air Traffic Organization such as Optimization of Airspace in the Metroplex (OAPM) for Southern California, replacement systems for both communications and radar, airspace design, and implementation of new standards to air traffic minima to improve overall performance of the National Airspace System (NAS). He has experience working with community groups on a variety of airport issues and assessing the needs of airport users, as aviation in general continues to evolve.


While working at the FAA Western-Pacific Regional Headquarters in Lawndale, California Mr. Karpé was assigned to the Air Traffic Quality Assurance Staff. In this position he performed oversight functions to all Air Traffic Facilities in Western Service.

Mr. Karpé was also an Air Traffic Controller in the US Navy for 7 years stationed at the Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, and the USS Midway, which was forward deployed, homeported in Japan.


In 2019, Mr. Karpé was appointed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee. He is also an alternate on the City of San Marcos, California, General Plan Advisory Committee, and was a member of the San Marcos Board of Education, Proposition K Citizens Oversight Committee.

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