A potential new Aerofly user here.
To sum it up: Should I just look elsewhere if I want to make full use of my controls and get a very realistic helicopter simulation, or does the AFS2 have option to take full advantage of this kind of setup?
The R22 in Aerofly is (imo), more difficult to fly than the HUEY in DCS. But, you have to check the "Expert" mode box when selecting the R22. If not selected the R22 will be in "EASY" mode. Definitely worth checking out in EXPERT mode. I seriously doubt you would be disappointed.