Bank of America finances Marines first aircraft

'All my toys as a kid were airplanes--I took my first ground school at age 12,' AOPA member said.

Gabriel GlinskyGabriel Glinsky started looking for an airplane to buy when he was deployed to Afghanistan. As a Marine Corps captain and V-22 Osprey pilot, Glinsky was looking for a general aviation airplane to use for pleasure flights when he returned home. Although he is an experienced pilot, he had never bought an airplane before, and didn’t quite know what to expect when it came to financing.

“I filled out the form for Bank of America financing online,” he said. “Actually there was very little paperwork.” The entire deal took less than two weeks, but Glinsky explained that he was the one who prolonged the process since he had to schedule the trip from North Carolina to Colorado for the actual purchase.

Glinsky selected a 1967 Cherokee 180, a favorite airplane from his flight instructing days. He said, “I was a flight instructor before I became a Marine, and I love the way Cherokees look, and I love the way they fly. I picked an aircraft with a fixed gear and a fixed prop, thinking that would be two less things to break. It’s simpler and slower, but costs a whole lot less.”

You could say that Glinsky is a one-man GA stimulus plan. He currently teaches a ground school for interested fellow Marines at Marine Corps Air Station New River North Carolina and takes interested Marines on familiarization flights. He has a class of about 35 Marines, and said that four or five of his ground school students are talking about buying an airplane together. He added, “I am thinking about starting a flying club here for the Marines so we’d purchase a couple of airplanes for the club. My CO and XO are looking to buy an airplane, too, so I’ve sparked a ton of interest.”

As for his experience with Bank of America, Glinsky said, “They made it a pretty painless process, and I didn’t know it would be so easy.” Glinsky has made many trips in his newly purchased airplane. Lucky for him, his fiancée, Jill, loves to fly and accompany him on trips. He recently had his 39-year old transponder fixed, and although he would love a panel upgrade sometime in the future, for now his motto is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”