Air Force, Incorporated
(Fuerza aérea sociedad anónima) (2006
) is an Argentine documentary
written and directed by Enrique Piñeyro
. The picture was executive produced by Aqua Films
' Verónica Cura
and produced by Enrique Piñeyro.
The documentary portrays a behind-the-scenes look at the poor state of Argentina's civil aviation, and puts the blame on the Argentine Air Force. The Air Force has been in control of air traffic operations since the military takeover of General Juan Carlos Onganía
The producer/director, Enrique Piñeyro, claims Argentina and Nigeria are the only countries whose air force controls and regulates the airline industry.
Piñeyro, a former Argentine airline pilot, makes his case in the documentary using diagrams, 3D animations, interviews, hidden cameras in the control tower, and a few props. For example, at one point he spills out a bag of plastic airplanes and equates it to the number of planes the air force has lost due to negligence.
The film is heavily based on the Austral Líneas Aéreas Flight 2553 plane crash.
Enrique Piñeyro takes his camera, secretly, into the control tower of the Ministro Pistarini International Airport also-known-as Ezeiza, the international airport at Buenos Aires.
The basis of the documentary was Enrique Piñeyro's experiences in the Argentine aviation industry. Piñeyro was an airline pilot from 1988 to 1999, and resigned in June 1999.
The documentary is not his first portraying the Argentine airline industry. In 2004 he wrote, directed, and produced Whisky Romeo Zulu, a film that depicted the general corrosive deregulation, greedy cost-cutting corporations, and corrupt government officials, found in the Argentine airline industry.