I don't know why people is being so hard on this game. I've been playing the Ace Combat series since Ace Combat 2, and even if this is quite the exception over the whole series, as of story to functions and controls, it's still enjoyable. I've got a great time playing ACAH and enjoying the variety in it, not only on all the fighter planes, but also flying helicopters (which is something many AC players would have liked on previous AC games) and using a gun turret.
Well, the gun turret it's the only that seems a bit off for a game mostly about air combat, even if it's on a helicopter, that's the only thing that would belong to a CoD-esque game, but overall, it's still a good game.
I wouldn't recommend it only if you are a hardcore AC fan expecting a continuaiton of what was left on AC6.