The Airport Guys are a design team that specializes in developing airport environments for flight simulation. Founded in 2011, we have committed ourselves to bringing the most detailed, realistic re-creations of airports to simulation platforms. The airports that we model range from small general aviation airports to regional and international airports, and even military airfields. Our design philosophy ensures that the end user will enjoy a simulator experience of the utmost quality.

We aim to capture the look, feel, and functionality of real-world airports and translate that into a simulated environment in the most realistic way possible. The airports that we produce are all visited personally to acquire source material and ensure accuracy. After the completion and release of each project we will stay posted on any new expansions and developments made, and will update our products accordingly. These updates will be released free of charge to existing customers so that their simulators are always up to date and consistent with the real-world environment that we try to emulate.

The "Airport Guys"


Jon Raines (left)

Co-Founder / Lead Developer

Originally from Winston-Salem, NC; Jon attends Middle Georgia College as a student in the Air Traffic Control program. After graduating, his goal is to work for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Control Specialist. An avid flight simulation enthusiast and aviation afficionado, Jon enjoys the environment associated with airports, and believes that each one is unique and has a story to tell; which is part of what drove him to help co-found The Airport Guys.

Contact: jon@theairportguys.com

Michael McCracken (right)

Co-Founder / Senior Developer / Webmaster

Born on March 1, 1994 in Winston-Salem, NC, and raised in Louisburg, NC (home to Triangle North Executive Airport), Michael is currently a Senior (what?!) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Michael is a Commercial Pilot with Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Multi-Engine Land, and Instrument Airplane ratings, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) with a Airplane Single Engine and Instrument Airplane ratings, and a Ground Instructor with Advanced and Instrument Ratings. He is currently pursuing his Airplane Multi Engine additional rating for the Flight Instructor certificate ("MEI") as part of the Aeronautical Science degree program with a minor in Applied Meteorology at ERAU. He is a member of the JetBlue University Gateway Program, an expedited track to a career as a pilot for JetBlue Airways. When Michael is not working on scenery, he enjoys being active with the college ministry at First Baptist Church of Daytona, cooking, and hanging out with friends.

Contact: michael@theairportguys.com