The EVIL Syndicate is the antagonist of the game and the final mission for the player of the Nintendo video game Pilotwings to pass. Their headquarters is located on Izanu Island.
While not hinted in the plot, as the game progresses, the player is told by Big Al the Grand Instructor that for reasons unknown, the player's flight instructors, Tony, Lance, and Shirley were captured and held hostage by the EVIL Syndicate when reaching Izanu Island. For political reasons, military authorities cannot attempt a rescue, presumably to negotiate. As a result, the player is sent in to fly an Apache gunship to wipe out the EVIL Syndicate and rescue the instructors, in which he is successful. However, on the second playthrough, the EVIL Syndicate returns and kidnaps Big Al's brother, a government VIP who opposes the organization. In the end, the player takes off once again in the Attack Apache Helicopter and rescues the VIP, finally defeating the EVIL Syndicate for good.
- Pilotwings bears similarity to another train simulation game called Combat School: both games possess stages involving trainings and courses in which players must complete with passing grades. Once tranings are complete players get to graduate, only to have players immediately thrusted into the real-life crisis where players must utilize everything they learned through the game play in the mission.
- In both games missions are the final and the toughest stages: Players has no durability. One shot is fatal and there is no second chance.