Design and development
Good things always seem to happen around here
with this group whenever the number 3 is somewhere in the title. The Concept III
is yet another recreational experiment, it has a delta wing planform, twin inward-angled vertical
stabilizers with all-moving rudders, and an all-moving horizontal stabilizer-elevator
(stabilator) and was the original company flagship for Aeroworks. However
between 1997 and 1999 this nameless plane was just a
side project I saved as experimental01 in Aircraft Factory 5. At the time I was
more focused on real world aviation and getting my pilots license and
using FS for various aerobatic designs that would eventually end up
being the Coyote. The Experimental01 went
through many changes until late 1999 when it finally took the name and
shape you see now.
Like the ARX-2, it has a mid-mounted engine
located right at the center of gravity (CG) but due to the unique wing planform,
it doesn't require any sort of drivetrain mechanism, and once again, of
course it's push prop.
When it was originally released, the ARX-3 became the
most downloaded of all the Aeroworks files at the time, it had more
downloads than the Extra 300 repaints, the Christen Eagles, all
sceneries, everything....combined! It was the #1 hottest daily file
overall on Flightsim.com for a while. It was the first Aeroworks
release to break 2000 downloads (alot at the time) and it did it in
about a week. It would remain the most popular ARX release until the
TR-3A surpassed it the next year.
So popular was this plane, that a new Model R was created, strictly
based on feedback and emails from users who had many great ideas and
requests. The Raptor-R was a single seat racer, painted black and using
spoilers, a bit better visual model and an (unfortunately
non-functional) Nitrous injection system.
The Raptor-A was also featured in the Battle of the
Airlines 2001 race, and a special FS98 version was created just for BOTA
players using that sim at the time. So well recieved was this plane,
that the BOTA organization relied heavily on Aeroworks for it's 2003
race. But that's another story...
As of the writing of this page, the ARX-3A is our fourth most downloaded
release on Flightsim.com, ...and it's eleven years old!
Back when Malibu was just a sandy outpost
with a dirt apron.
Versions & Downloads
The Concept III is
available in two models, for FS2000. But, as you might have guessed by
now,...you can count on an FSX appearance. And
for all the users of the Acceleration expansion pack, yes - this time
the nitrous injection system will most definitely function!
ARX-3A For FS2000 260kb
ARX-3R For FS2000 252kb
||Empty Weight: 2000lbs.
|TOP SPEED: 380kts
||Cruise Speed: 310kts
Individual Aircraft Listing
Version 1 in
First Flight (final design) 11-2-99
Release Date: 12-16-00
Aeroworks flagship 1999-2002
Featured in Battle of the Airlines'
Most downloaded civilian concept
on this site (Surpassed by ARX-5
version 2 in 2009)
Third most popular concept overall
First Flight 1-12-01
Release Date: 3-23-01
Only example of Model R
First release we ever did based strictly on user feedback.
Flight Center I, Rio Palm Isle - Scenery where the
ARX-3 was developed during FS98.
Flight Center II, Malibu, Ca. - Scenery where the ARX-3 was
developed in FS2000.
ARX-4 Scorpion - Rotary-wing offshoot
of the ARX-3.
Cockpit of the R-Model
The "flying blueprint" late 2000.
A sneak peek at Version 2
Yeah....one of them has canards!