Hi Chase, Thanks for the response. Yep, the AE mission was my first time seriously flying the Phantom and was quite impressed with the capabilities. Aside from some electrical interference from the ships electronics, the biggest challenge was launching and recovery from the back of a ship with multiple wires, antennae, and metal containers. We worked out a system of hand launching and hand recovery that worked best.
On one of the last flights, I flew the aircraft about 2.5 miles from the ship and still had a good signal. I'll share the video on the cinematography forum in the future.