If this is such a great idea perhaps we should privatize the interstate highway system or at least the on & off ramps.
Perhaps this action was more thought out than we have been giving them credit for.
The 33 kt headwind component likely saved their lives. Note that the ground speed was reduced from 173 to 140 kn (23%) and more importantly the energy was down by 53% vs. still air. The runway...
The idea that such a prominent and compelling display that is difficult or impossible to ignore is also not to be used or be trusted for primary attitude and navigation is poor human factors...
Why not use the cyclic and collective controls for both vertical and wing-borne flight? Save on moving parts and actuators.