In August 2012, David Osborne was piloting a private aircraft when it experienced a catastrophic engine failure. Within just a few minutes, he was able to make a controlled crash landing on a remote county road 15 miles north of Topeka.
Many skilled pilots, as well as the National Transportation Safety Administration and Federal Aviation Administration, credited his skills as a commercial pilot and calm under pressure, as contributing factors in saving the lives of and limiting the injuries of everyone on the plane. In 2017, David published his first book Five Minutes to Impact, The Final Flight of the Comanche, about his experiences during that flight.
As graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Construction Science, David began his career with a $120 residential remodeling project. Since founding The Osborne Company in 1976, David has expanded his construction firm to serve more than 15 states and at one point, it employed more than 300 people. The Osborne Company has completed more than 1,600 commercial projects across the Midwest.
David, along with his wife Suzanne, built The Osborne Company on the principles of quality, integrity, and dependability. Serving a variety of clients with a specific focus on churches, commercial buildings, and industrial projects, The Osborne Company acts as developer, designer/builder, construction manager, and traditional general contractor to clients throughout the Midwest. In 2015, David began a phased transition of leadership to his son Stephen, although David is still actively involved as a project estimator and project manager.
David spends his time away from the office with his nine children and fourteen grandchildren. He is a skilled woodworker and commercial pilot with over 3,000 flight hours in dozens of different types of aircraft. David also serves on the board of multiple non-profit organizations and supports his church and mission organizations all over the world.