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Jim Rooney

I've got a bit of info for you on the Moyes Mars
I currently have two of them that I'm teaching with... they're very
nice learner gliders. (I've only just finished repairing the second
one to flying condition). I can't find the manuals or specs for them
online and I have to determine which size each one of mine is.

Some things I've dug up so far...
There seems to be a 150 model and a 170
I believe I have a 150, though I have to see if I can find a data
plate. When I get the two together, I'll be able to determine if
they're the same size or different.

The Mars 170 has a maximum flying weight of 122 kg.
Glider weight appears to be 22 kg.

They are very lightweight gliders with docile handling (even for a
single surface glider).
They have locked crossbars, predating the floating crossbar, and need
to be flat rigged because of this. The hang straps slide to the front
of the keel when de-rigged and are held to the crossbar junction by a
strap when rigged. Failure to connect this strap can prove fatal and
is my only complaint with the glider.


The glider in the picture is not a Mars 150 it is something else. the Mars 150 had a floating cross bar located above the keel the picture shows a fixed cross bar below the keel


I actually brought a 2 gliders from the trading post the first had no luff lines and taught myself to fly. I then went for a Mars 170 this was fantastic to fly in comparison. I used to fly at Mt Dandenong Yaragon Balarat Esperance and Speon on The great ocean road, where an instructor once asked to see my rating card while I was setting up. I of course couldn't produce one so he said you can't fly here. When I had been flying there for years as I told him. I waited for him to go up then took off myself. When I wanted to land I simply flew down the ridge over the landing spot and proceeded to feather my drop onto the launch site, I hated to walk back up the hill to the car, so always top landed no matter what. The instructor watching all this from the air comes flying over yelling abuse at me thinking I was someone else and says I've never seen anyone ever land like that. Like as if he couldn't do it so no one else should be doing it. Sometimes I think these instructors are full of em selves, if I could do this without a license or lessons he should have easily done it with his tickets. The Moyes Mars 170 was a great little glider. I haven't flown for years now so maybe the new gliders are much better, but for me I could fly with the others. Mt Dandenong Around the transmition towers was a real buz but a bit rough at times


There where a limited number of a Mars 190 too. A friend in Sydney still has one. However some of the hardware has been changed to bits from other makes and a few adjustments made. It also has a new light weight sail. But the owner loves it flies it often! I am told it makes an excellent dune glider and the 190 is said to be the best of the Mars wings. I have a 150 but don't like it!


Perhaps more information can be found with Ken de Russy, instructor extraordinaire and keeper of hang gliding history in Anacortes, WA, USA. I found this number from XC Mag, which coincides with the phone I have for him: 360 293 8621