Northstar Jet would like to welcome aspiring pilots of all ages and backgrounds. If you would like to start flying in Missoula, please email our flight department at or call our front desk at 406-721-8886, and our friendly receptionist will patch you through to one of our instructors.


Danielle Maniere

Commercial Pilot | Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument | Commercial Multi-Engine | Tailwheel

Danielle grew up in the mountains of Idaho.  She earned her Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bristol.  Danielle moved to Missoula four years ago and joint the Northstar team in June, 2018.



Commercial Pilot | Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument | Multi-Engine Instructor

Larry has been instructing for over 30 years flying in a variety of single and multi engine aircraft. He has a Bachelors degree in Aeronautics from San Jose State in California. He has been a skydiver pilot for Skydive Montana for a few years and an instructor at Bitterroot Aviation in Stevensville for 20 years before moving to Northstar in 2018. He has his CFI, CFI-I, and CFI-MEI instructors ratings.

Sam Giese

Commercial Pilot | Single-Engine Land | Certified Flight Instructor | Multi-Engine Land

Sam grew up in the Bitterroot Valley, south of Missoula. He returned home after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Flight Operations at Westminster College, in Salt Lake City, UT. Sam loves flying in the mountains of Western Montana in his spare time. In the future, Sam has dreams of flying airlines and expanding his aviation pursuits!