This paper presents a novel technique for formulating a high quality finite state unsteady aerodynamic model by applying Bode plot methods, used in control engineering. Indicial response functions for both fixed wing and rotary wing applications are obtained using these finite state unsteady aerodynamic models. It is shown that the rotary wing indicial response function has a fundamentally different characteristic when compared to fixed wing indicial response. The rotary wing indicial response function is oscillatory in nature while the fixed wing indicial response function is nonoscillatory. Furthermore it should be emphasized that this is the first that a rotary-wing indicial response function has been presented in the literature.