Kitty Hawk's 'Heaviside' is an ultra-quiet electric flying machine
It’s also tiny, as you can make out in a picture with a person crouching next to the aircraft with seating for one. TechCrunch got up close and personal with Heaviside, noting that at the moment the cockpit seats its passenger on bare carbon fiber.
Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun told TechCrunch “The calculus here is that this has to be socially acceptable for people,” while demonstrating Heaviside’s capability to fly overhead without being any louder than an office air conditioner. It’s also intended to support both manual and autonomous flight, although regulatory approval could be quite a way off.