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    First residential helipad coming to western Loudoun?

    The CEO of Sterling-based JK Moving Services has submitted a special exception application for permission to build a helipad on his 540-acre Egypt Farm in Purcellville.

    If accepted, the 6,000-square-foot helipad, located at 20598 Watermill Road, would be the first residential-owned helipad in rural western Loudoun County.

    Only two others exist in the county – one at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne and another in Bluemont, which is owned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Chuck Kuhn told the Washington Business Journal he intends to use the helipad to fly his Eurocopter EC130 to JK's Gaithersburg offices, Richmond, Philadelphia and New York, cities he often visits for business.

    Kuhn told the publication he has no intentions on using the helicopter when he travels to his offices in Sterling.

    According to the application, Kuhn is in the process of acquiring an additional 350 acres adjacent to his 540-acre farm. Kuhn, the application states, plans to build his primary residence on the farm. He intends to use an existing 6,540-square-foot barn to construct a hanger for the helicopter.

    Kuhn anticipates he will use the helicopter approximately two to three times a week.

    The CEO has requested that takeoffs and landings of his helicopter be prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. County rules generally prohibit takeoffs or landings after 6 p.m.

    “The helicopter is for personal use only and is being used as an alternative to the private car for [Kuhn] to access his business and other farm properties outside of Loudoun County,” the application reads.

    The Federal Aviation Administration signed off on the project on April 21 as long as Kuhn follows the standards and regulations set by the FAA.

    The application has already drawn the ire of neighbors.

    In comments left on the planning website that describes the application, neighbors' comments have been mostly negative.

    “We strongly oppose a helipad on Egypt Farm. We have cattle and horses all of which will be disturbed by low flying helicopters. Egypt Farm is a Bald Eagle habitat and must be protected. SAY NO, keep Western Loudoun rural and peaceful,” Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Louis H. Boink commented.

    “Everyone I know lives in this area because of its tranquility, beauty, and relaxing connections to the cycles of nature. Not the speed cycles of a helicopter. Vote no and keep the peace,” Amy Fox commented.

    The application will go through two public hearings with the county's planning commission and Board of Supervisors before a decision is made.


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