If you read my earlier posts, I started out under the same assumption, that ATC already gives shortcuts when they're readily available. Speaking with an active-duty enroute controller in Boston, though, the waters have definitely been muddied....and I'm not even sure that it's a word
He told me that he has no idea that I might be looking for a shortcut unless I ask.
I agree that a shortcut which results in delays for others makes no sense in this scenario. A shortcut which takes a phone call to coordinate, however...is one worth asking for. Yes, the animal is healthy, but if it's been flying around for 8 hours that day, if there's a possibility to shave 5-10 mins off the trip without it causing delays for others, then I think it's worth finding out.
To close the loop on the original posting, I was able to work with the ASDI folks at the FAA (thanks to the FA and ARF staff for the intro), and the ARF callsigns will start showing up in the ASDI feeds from tomorrow night onwards. I will assume that historical data will be not be available on FA, since the info was never sent to their system. Flights from Thursday onwards, though, should start showing up.
At the very least, it will allow teams on the ground to easily track all airborne ARF flights.